The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was created in 2008 to document the history and the lasting effects of the Canadian Residential School System. The TRC provided survivors the opportunity to share their experiences. The commission prioritizes publicizing these stories to Canadians who may not previously have been aware of the extent of the atrocities.
The final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission fills several volumes and officially concludes that the Residential School System amounted to cultural genocide. The report also includes 94 calls to action "redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation."
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) was created as part of the mandate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and is "a place of learning and dialogue where the truths of the residential school experience will be honoured and kept safe for future generations." It now hosts the archives and research from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and provides an ongoing space for continued research and education
About the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR):
Where to start reading?
The full report is lengthy, but there are several shorter portions of the report that can be read on their own and are a good way to start engaging with the content of this important report.
Print versions of the TRC Reports available at our libraries: