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NCTR archive available to public

In the mid-1930s, the Anglican Church closed its residential schools in Shingle Point and Hay River, NWT, transferring the students to the new All Saints School in Aklavik, NWT. As more students moved to the community to attend the day school, the residence became increasingly overcrowded. In 1959, All Saints was closed and its students were transferred to Inuvik. © National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Archives

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation’s mandate is to “preserve the memory of Canada’s residential School system and legacy forever.” In november, the NCTR opened its physical and online archives to the public.

Its online archive contains “Terabytes of Testimony,” which includes 35,000 photos, five million government, church, and school documents, 7,000 survivor statements, as well as art, poems, music, and physical items collected by the Truth and reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC).

As the permanent, secure, home for this important collection, the NCTR will ensure that former students and their families have access to their own history; educators can share the history with future generations; and researchers and the public can explore the residential School experience to help foster reconciliation and healing.

The Centre is located in Chancellor’s Hall at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. nctr.ca