Residential Schools Links

Access to Records

Individuals and communities can reach out directly to the Archives, via phone or email, to inquire about accessing records. Including information such as community affiliations, family names, school affiliations, years of interest, and geographic area of interest can help the Archives better answer requests. Once in contact with the Archives, archivists may follow-up with more questions to help narrow down the search or ensure that the request is understood. If possible, researchers are welcome to visit the archives to view records themselves. Most of the time, research is done by archivists while copies are provided in the response.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has a mandate to inform all Canadians about what happened in Indian Residential Schools. The Commission will document the truth of survivors, families, communities and anyone personally effected by the Indian Residential School experience.

TRC researching at PCC Archives

In the summer of 2011, the archives welcomed a team of researchers and scanners from the Federal Government’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. They were with us for several months reading, scanning and copying records. By the time they were complete, they had taken digital copies of over 79,000 pages held by The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives. We also provided digital copies of all of the residential schools photographs in the collection. All of these documents and photos are now available through the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Archives.

To learn more about the TRC please visit their website

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The Presbyterian Church in Canada Healing and Reconciliation Ministry

The Healing and Reconciliation Ministry of The Presbyterian Church in Canada works ecumenically, with local leaders, congregations and courts of the church to build and strengthen bridges of understanding and friendship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

To learn more please visit their website

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Copyright held by The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives, 2013

If you would like copies of any of the photographs in this exhibit, or if you know the names of any of the individuals in the photographs, please contact us at 1-800-619-7301 or by email at karnold [at] presbyterian [dot] ca


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