The truth of our common experiences will help set out spirits free and pave the way to reconciliation.
– Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, Schedule N

Nearly 7,000 Survivors, intergenerational Survivors, and others affected by the Residential Schools and their legacy courageously shared their Truth with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC).

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) will forever honour these sacred Truths – so that at no point in the future can anyone forget the brave young children who endured unspeakable hardship and loss at the schools.

Preserving this Truth, and sharing it with the world is a core responsibility of the centre. The NCTR will actively promote understanding of the history of the Residential School system and its ongoing legacy.
As part of this commitment, the NCTR will continue to invite all Survivors, intergenerational Survivors and others whose lives have been impacted by the schools to share their experiences in a safe and secure setting.  

Over time, we will also encourage Community members to share their experiences of other policies of aggressive assimilation in Canada, encouraging dialogue on topics such as land claims, water, education, poverty, and missing and murdered Aboriginal women. 

If you are interested in sharing your experience with the NCTR
please contact us at 
1-855-415-4534 or to discuss.

We promise a safe and supportive environment. If you wish, a health support will be present. Your statement can take any form that you wish: written, audio/visual, poetry, art, music … there are no restrictions.

Your statement is completely within your control. You can change it or withdraw it at any time. No-one will be allowed to see any personal information that could identify you unless you give permission to disclose your personal information.

Independent Assessment Process (IAP) Records

The NCTR is concerned about the possible destruction of records from the Independent Assessment Process (IAP).
Nearly 40,000 Survivors of the schools shared personal experiences of sexual, physical and other abuses through the IAP.
Many Survivors have not been informed of their right to have their records preserved. Some groups and individuals are actively seeking to destroy all IAP records forever.