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L'nu & Indigenous Studies

Mental Health Support

Topics and materials (videos, audios, books, etc.) describing the residential school system can include highly sensitive subject matter and may cause powerful emotional responses. Health Canada provides a free 24-hour crisis line for Survivors and their families affected by the residential school system (also available in French).

The 24-Hour Residential School Support Line: 1-866-925-4419

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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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.

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).

We Were Children (2012) NFB

If you are off-campus, please create your NFB account (free).

We Were Children Tim Wolochatiuk , National Film Board of Canada

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.

Suggested Readings

Library and Archives Canada

Statement of apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools