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Mi'kmaq & Indigenous Studies: Residential School

This guide was created for students, faculty, administrative staff, and our community members.

Canada’s Residential Schools

Each volume include extensive bibliography of Primary Sources, Legal Sources (e.g., case laws) and Secondary Sources (books, book chapters, journal articles, reports, websites, newspapers and broadcast media, theses and dissertations)

The volumes are downloadable.

Recommended Links

Events & Projects

By 2009, in terms of public education, Library and Archives Canada had partnered with the Legacy of Hope Foundation and the Aboriginal Healing Foundation on two exhibitions: Where Are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools; and “We were so far away”: The Inuit Experience of Residential Schools.

Works of Fiction (sometimes drawn from the author’s own life experiences)

We Were Children (2012) NFB

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We Were Children Tim Wolochatiuk , National Film Board of Canada

Rita Joe

Canada’s Residential Schools: Reconciliation

Quotes from The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Volume 6  

Reconciliation must inspire Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples to transform Canadian society so that our children and grandchildren can live together in dignity, peace, and prosperity on these lands we now share (p. 4).

Mi’kmaq and other Indigenous laws stress that humans must journey through life in conversation and negotiation with all creation. Reciprocity and mutual respect help sustain our survival. It is this kind of healing and survival that is needed in moving forward from the residential school experience (p. 13).

Statement of apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools

Library and Archives Canada


Mi'kmaq and Residential School

Songs from Indian Residential School Legacy (CD)

Cape Breton University CD Collection (CD-1276)

Songs from Indian Residential School Legacy (CD)

Various Artists Songs From The Indian Residential School System - Country & Folk
1. Nukum 3:03
2. Memego 5:11
3. Home 3:15
4. Is Sorry Enough? 5:28
5. La Cloche De Batoche 3:46
6. Man Of God 4:16
7. For The People 4:05
8. The Boy Who Walked Backwards Through The Snow 3:21
9. We Are One 5:27
10. Please Bring Me Home 4:06
11. Perfect Crime 4:41
12. In The Walls And Halls Of His Mind 4:44
13. My Neighbourhood 4:11
14. Why 5:16
15. I Apologize 4:09

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