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June 4, 2021


This week we learned about 215 unidentified Indigenous children who were buried on the grounds of the former residential school near Kamloops, BC - which was Canada’s largest residential school. Acknowledging the atrocities of colonialism committed by actors of the Canadian government and organized religion against Indigenous peoples is just the beginning of what we need to understand and the first move towards genuine reconciliation and reparations for Indigenous peoples. 

The Canadian Government has acknowledged that some 150,000 Indigenous children were removed and separated from their families and communities to attend residential schools. While most of the 139 Indian Residential Schools ceased to operate by the mid-1970s, the last federally-run school closed in the late 1990s., external link

June is National Indigenous History Month and June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day. Educating ourselves and striving for equity and equality is paramount. Learning our histories means that hopefully, we will never repeat them, and moreover, we will ensure that it does not happen to others. A list of resources will be available on our website.

We stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities.

Please see the Dean of FCAD’s statement.

Learn more about the Residential School System

Government of Canada

Indian Residential Schools, external link



We have two book lists provided by UBC, external link and Indigenous Corporate Training Inc., external link

A Knock on the Door: The Essential History of Residential Schools from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, external link, by Phil Fontaine, Aimée Craft, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada 

They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School, external link (memoir), by Bev Sellars

Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada, external link, by Paulette Regan

PDF fileReconciliation & the Way Forward, external link, by Shelagh Rogers, Mike Degagné, Helagh Rogers, Glen Lowry, Sara Fryer

This Benevolent Experiment: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide, and Redress in Canada and the United States, external link, by Andrew Woolford 

PDF fileThey Came for the Children: Canada, Aboriginal Peoples, and Residential Schools, external link, by Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada staff

A Narrow Vision: Duncan Campbell Scott and the Administration of Indian Affairs in Canada,, external link by E. Brian Titley

Truth and Indignation: Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools, external link, by  Ronald Niezen

Reconciling Canada: Critical Perspectives on the Culture of Redress, external link, by Jennifer Henderson and Pauline Wakeham


The Canadian Encyclopedia:

Residential Schools in Canada, external link



The Nitinaht Chronicles, external link (2 hr 23 min), Maurice Bulbulian, 1997, NFB

Sisters and Brothers, external link (3 min), Kent Monkman, 2015, NFB

The Amendment, external link (4 min), Kevin Papatie, 2007, NFB

Augusta , external link(16 min), Anne Wheeler, 1976, NFB


Canadian Shame: A History of Residential Schools, external link (15 min), Ginger Gosnell-Myers, 2018 



The following resources are available to our Indigenous Community Members. These Resources were compiled by First Nations Health Authority, external link.

Tsow Tun Le Lum: Phone 1-888-403-3123 to access the following cultural supports Levi Martin, James Quatell and Mike Kelly.

Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS): at 1-800-721-0066 or 604-985-4464 to access the following cultural supports: Sadie McPhee, Gertie Pierre or Yvonne Rigby Jones. 

Emotional mental health and counselling services will be accessible from the IRSSS Resolution Health Support Workers.

The KUU-US Crisis Line Society: operates a 24-hour provincial Aboriginal crisis line for adults and Elders at 250-723-4050, children and youth at 250-723-2040. Toll-free 1-800-588-8717.

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line and On-line Counselling Service: toll-free at 1-855-242-3310 or through

The Métis Crisis Line: available 24 hours a day at 1-833-MétisBC, 1-833-638-4722.