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Residential Schools: Resources


Documentaries and Videos

This National Film Board film tells the story of residential schools through the eyes of two young children. (DVD)  E 96.5 .W49 2012 or view streaming video by clicking here

The Fallen Feather: Indian Industrial Residential Schools Canadian Confederation. Using historical source documents, survivors' personal testimonies and detailed analysis from community leaders, the film explores in detail, the Federal Government's primary motivation in the creation of these schools.  (DVD) E 96.5 F35 2007

Muffins for Granny A raw and honest documentary about a difficult chapter in Canadian history featuring interviews with seven First Nations elders about their experiences in residential schools. (DVD) E 96.5 .M84 2007

Second Stories: It Had to be Done  explores the legacy of residential schools through the eyes of two extraordinary women who not only lived it firsthand, but who, as adults, made the surprising choice to return to the school that had affected their lives so profoundly.  Logon to National Film Board and search for this title which can be viewed online.

Where Are the Children?: Healing the Legacy of Residential Schools The Legacy of Hope Foundation created this documentary  as an educational resource about residential schools.  (DVD) E 96.5 W44 2004


Books and eBooks

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is the permanent home for statements, documents, and other materials created during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The NCTR website also provides resources for research on residential schools. Look through their Reports page to find the full text of many recent and historical reports.

RRC Library has print copies of the Canada's Residential Schools: The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission located in E 96.5 .T788 2015 as well as many of the other historical Reports.

v. 1.  The History. Part 1, Origins to 1939

v. 1.  The History. Part 2, 1939 to 2000

v. 2.  The Inuit and Northern Experience

v. 3.  The Métis Experience

v. 4.  The Missing Children and Unmarked Burials

v. 5.  The Legacy

v. 6.  Reconciliation

Never Forgotten

Names of 215 Children who Died or went Missing from Residential Schools

On this page you will see images of each of the Manitoba Residential Schools.  Select a school to view the names of the children who died at or went missing from that school.

Source: National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation



The Aboriginal Healing Foundation and The National Archives of Canada launched a project which represented an attempt to tell the true and painful story of a national institution committed, not to the preservation of a people, but to their forced assimilation. Click here to view the website.

Aboriginal Healing Foundation

On March 31, 1998, the Aboriginal Healing Foundation was set up with a $350 million fund from the Government of Canada, to be expended within an eleven-year time-frame. This grant has enabled the Foundation to fund community-based healing projects that address the legacy of physical abuse and sexual abuse in the residential school system, including intergenerational impacts.  AHF has published numerous resources on Residential Schools which are available on their website.  The Library also has print copies of many of these resources. We especially recommend this title:

Historic Trauma and Aboriginal Healing describes the intergenerational transmission of historic trauma and examines the implications for healing in a contemporary Aboriginal context. The purpose of the study was to develop a comprehensive historical framework of Aboriginal trauma, beginning with contact in 1492 through to the 1950s, with a primary focus on the period immediately after contact.  Available online and in print E 98 .S67 W47 2004.



On Wednesday June 11, 2008, the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, made a Statement of Apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools, on behalf of the Government of Canada. Click here to read the full apology.


Or logon to CBC's Curio and search for Canada's Residential School Apology to view.

Books about Survivors

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