Oblates’ management of Indian Residential Schools

Background The Canadian government and Catholic entities, such as the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (Oblates), have agreed recently to release additional documents relating to their operation of Indian Residential Schools to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR). On January 20, 2022, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Canada agreed to transfer approximately 875,000… Continue reading Oblates’ management of Indian Residential Schools

Unmarked graves, undisclosed record – Update July 21, 2022

Update On July 18, 2022, Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada provided me with a copy of the Memorandum of Agreement on Document Sharing  between the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and Crown Indigenous Relations (January 20, 2022). I have updated this post accordingly. Public statements “The federal government has turned over all… Continue reading Unmarked graves, undisclosed record – Update July 21, 2022

Links to federal government summaries and narratives of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools

Introduction To assist researchers, we have integrated our identification of Indian Residential Schools that operated in Canada with our account of the federal government’s sporadic release of relevant documents. The Table includes entries for 155 Indian Residential Schools as listed by the Truth and Reconcilation Commission (<a href=”https://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2015/trc/IR4-9-4-2015-eng.pdf”>Final Report, Volume IV: Missing children and unmarked… Continue reading Links to federal government summaries and narratives of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools

Unmarked graves, undisclosed records

“The federal government has turned over all of the records we have for residential schools to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in Winnipeg.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, October 18, 2021 “Unfortunately, this is not accurate.” National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), October 19, 2021 “I have therefore directed my Department to take all… Continue reading Unmarked graves, undisclosed records

Identifying Canada’s Indian Residential Schools

Identifying Canada’s Indian Residential Schools was challenging for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and remains challenging for us today. The TRC recognized that the “Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) provides the most comprehensive listing of Canadian residential schools for Aboriginal people,” but also observed that “issues combine to complicate any attempt to list… Continue reading Identifying Canada’s Indian Residential Schools

Canada’s Indian Residential Schools under the original IRSSA

By our reckoning, the original Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) identified 131 Indian Residential Schools: Schedule E (Residential Schools) identified 107 Indian Residential Schools Schedule F (Additional Residential Schools) identified 24 Indian Residential Schools. We are publishing these 131 institutions, as they appeared in the original IRSSA, as a machine-readable, Tab-Separated-Value file, with these… Continue reading Canada’s Indian Residential Schools under the original IRSSA

Applications and Canada’s decisions under Article 12 (March 28, 2013)

We have seen that Canada issued periodic updates of its decisions regarding applications to add institutions to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) under Article 12. We are publishing data about 1,502 institutions from the last available update (March 28, 2013), as a machine-readable, Tab-Separated-Value file, with these data fields: Field Definition PREFERRED_NAME Preferred… Continue reading Applications and Canada’s decisions under Article 12 (March 28, 2013)

Analysis of Applications and Canada’s Decisions under Article 12 – 20130328 Update

We have seen that Canada issued periodic updates of its decisions regarding applications to add institutions to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) under Article 12. The last available update (March 28, 2013) concerns 1,502 institutions. The original IRSSA included 104 (6.9%) of these institutions; another 8 (0.5%) institutions were added to the IRSSA… Continue reading Analysis of Applications and Canada’s Decisions under Article 12 – 20130328 Update

Canada’s Indian Residential Schools under the final IRSSA

By our reckoning, the original Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) identified 131 Indian Residential Schools: Schedule E (Residential Schools) identified 107 Indian Residential Schools Schedule F (Additional Residential Schools) identified 24 Indian Residential Schools. Under Article 12 of the IRSSA, Canada agreed to recognize 6 additional institutions as Indian Residential Schools; courts ordered Canada… Continue reading Canada’s Indian Residential Schools under the final IRSSA

TRC’s Indian Residential Schools

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) commented extensively on the limitations and anomalies of Canada’s final list of Indian Residential Schools. The TRC used primary sources to overcome these difficulties as far as possible, and published two lists of its own: 143 Indian Residential Schools covered by the IRSSA 16 Indian Residential Schools not covered… Continue reading TRC’s Indian Residential Schools

McConnell Foundation – Background

I. McConnell Foundation’s Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Overview Improving the lives of Canadians —and contributing to a more resilient society — requires breakthrough ideas and approaches, game-changing strategies and collaborations, and continuous innovation. To support this work and to commemorate its 75th anniversary, the McConnell Foundation launched the Social Innovation Fund in 2012. The Social… Continue reading McConnell Foundation – Background

Schools

Selecting “Schools” from the dropdown list of channels to browse, takes the user to the Schools landing page (Figure 1). Now, clicking the link to Coudert Hall (for example) takes us to the school’s landing page. To the left and right of the photograph of Coudert Hall (Figure 2a), we are presented with three categories… Continue reading Schools

Information, Truth and Reconciliation

The Reports and 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRCC) were published in 2015. Appreciating and responding to this rich body of work will take generations of study, reflection, planning, and engagement. The politics of Truth and Reconciliation — politics that is both visible on the surface and also… Continue reading Information, Truth and Reconciliation