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 graves, Appendix 1.1 and Appendix 1.2, pp. 139-151</a>) as well as Kivalliq Hall, Northwest Territories, which was added to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) by court order in 2019.

The Table associates these 156 Indian Residential Schools with 142 Single Page Summaries (in English and French) only released by the federal government and posted on the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation’s (NCTR) website this year.

The Table also associates these 156 Indian Residential Schools with 133 School Narratives that the federal government was obligated to prepare as part of the Individual Assessment Process under the IRSSA. Some of these School Narratives were only released by the federal government and posted on the NCTR’s website this year.

One Page Summaries and School Narratives

Location Preferred
Name
Other
Name(s)
One
Pager
School
Narrative
Assumption,
Alberta
Assumption Our Lady Assumption
Assumption
Hay Lakes
File File
Brocket,
Alberta
Brocket Sacred Heart
Brocket
File File
Brocket,
Alberta
Brocket St. Cyprian’s
Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Home
Peigan
File File
Calais,
Alberta
Calais Sturgeon Lake
Calais
St. Francis Xavier
File File
Calgary,
Alberta
Calgary St. Dunstan Note Note
Cardston,
Alberta
Cardston St. Mary’s
Blood
Immaculate Conception
File File
Cardston,
Alberta
Cardston St. Paul’s
Blood
File File
Cluny,
Alberta
Cluny Crowfoot
St. Joseph’s
St. Trinité
File File
Desmarais–Wabasca,
Alberta
Desmarais-Wabasca Desmarais (Wabisca Lake
St. Martins
Wabisca Roman Catholic)
File File
Edmonton (St. Albert),
Alberta
Edmonton (St. Albert) Edmonton (Poundmaker) File Note File Note
Fort Chipewyan,
Alberta
Fort Chipewyan Holy Angels
Fort Chipewyan
École des Saints-Anges
File File
Fort Vermilion,
Alberta
Fort Vermilion Fort Vermilion
St. Henry’s
File File
Gleichen,
Alberta
Gleichen Old Sun (Old Sun’s) File File
Grouard,
Alberta
Grouard St. Bernard’s
Grouard
Lesser Slave Lake
File File
High River,
Alberta
High River St. Joseph’s
High River
Dunbow
File File
Hobbema,
Alberta
Hobbema Ermineskin File File
Joussard,
Alberta
Joussard Joussard
St. Bruno’s
File File
Lac La Biche,
Alberta
Lac La Biche Lac La Biche
Notre Dame des Victoires
File Unavailable
Lesser Slave Lake,
Alberta
Lesser Slave Lake Lesser Slave Lake
St. Peter’s
File Unavailable
Morley,
Alberta
Morley Morley
Stony
File File
Morley,
Alberta
Morley McDougall Orphanage Note Note
Red Deer,
Alberta
Red Deer Red Deer Note Note
Saddle Lake (later St. Paul),
Alberta
Saddle Lake (later St. Paul) Blue Quills
Saddle Lake
Sacred Heart
File File
Smoky River,
Alberta
Smoky River St. Augustine
Smoky River
File Unavailable
St. Albert,
Alberta
St. Albert St. Albert
Youville
File File
Stony Plains,
Alberta
Stony Plains Stony Plains Note Note
T’suu Tina,
Alberta
T’suu Tina Sarcee
St. Barnabas
File Note File Note
Vermilion Lake,
Alberta
Vermilion Lake Irene Training Institute at Vermilion Lake Note Note
Wabasca,
Alberta
Wabasca Wabasca Anglican
St. John’s
John’s Mission Wapuskaw
File File
Whitefish Lake,
Alberta
Whitefish Lake St. Andrews
Whitefish Lake
File File
Ahousat,
British Columbia
Ahousat Ahousat
Ahousaht
File File
Alert Bay,
British Columbia
Alert Bay St. Michael’s
Alert Bay Girls’ Home
Alert Bay Boys’ Home
File File
Anahim,
British Columbia
Anahim Anahim Lake File File
Chilliwack/Sardis,
British Columbia
Chilliwack/Sardis Coqualeetza File File
Cranbrook,
British Columbia
Cranbrook Cranbrook
St. Eugene’s
Kootenay
File File
Fort St. James,
British Columbia
Fort St. James Fort St. James (Stuart Lake) Note Note
Fraser Lake,
British Columbia
Fraser Lake Lejac
Fraser Lake
File File
Kamloops,
British Columbia
Kamloops Kamloops File File
Kitamaat/Kitimaat,
British Columbia
Kitamaat/Kitimaat Kitamaat (Elizabeth Long Memorial Home for Girls) File File
Kuper Island,
British Columbia
Kuper Island Kuper Island File File
Lower Post,
British Columbia
Lower Post Lower Post File File
Lytton,
British Columbia
Lytton St. George’s
Lytton
File File
Meares Island/Christie/Tofino,
British Columbia
Meares Island/Christie/Tofino Christie
Clayoquot
Kakawis
File File
Metlakatla,
British Columbia
Metlakatla Metlakatla Note Note
Mission,
British Columbia
Mission St. Mary’s
Mission
File File
North Vancouver/Squamish,
British Columbia
North Vancouver/Squamish St. Paul’s
Squamish
North Vancouver
File File
Port Alberni,
British Columbia
Port Alberni Alberni File File
Port Simpson/Fort Simpson,
British Columbia
Port Simpson/Fort Simpson Port Simpson
Crosby Home for Girls
File File
Sechelt,
British Columbia
Sechelt Sechelt File File
Williams Lake,
British Columbia
Williams Lake Cariboo
St. Joseph’s
Williams Lake
File File
Yale,
British Columbia
Yale All Hallows School Note Note
Birtle,
Manitoba
Birtle Birtle File File
Brandon,
Manitoba
Brandon Brandon File File
Churchill,
Manitoba
Churchill Churchill Vocational Centre File File
Cross Lake,
Manitoba
Cross Lake Cross Lake
St. Joseph’s
Norway House
Notre Dame Hostel
Jack River Hostel
Cross Lake, St. Joseph’s, Norway House
Notre Dame Hostel, Jack River
Cross Lake, St. Joseph’s, Norway House
Coming
Dauphin,
Manitoba
Dauphin McKay
MacKay
File File
Note
Elkhorn,
Manitoba
Elkhorn Elkhorn
Washakada
File File
Middlechurch,
Manitoba
Middlechurch St. Paul’s
Middlechurch (Rupert’s Land
Note Note
Norway House,
Manitoba
Norway House Norway House File File
Pine Creek,
Manitoba
Pine Creek Pine Creek
Camperville
File File
Pine Falls,
Manitoba
Pine Falls Fort Alexander File File
Portage la Prairie,
Manitoba
Portage la Prairie Portage la Prairie File File
Sandy Bay,
Manitoba
Sandy Bay Sandy Bay File File
St. Boniface,
Manitoba
St. Boniface St. Boniface Note Note
The Pas,
Manitoba
The Pas McKay File File
Note
The Pas/Clearwater Lake,
Manitoba
The Pas/Clearwater Lake Clearwater
Guy Hill
Clearwater Lake
File
File
Note
File
Note
Water Hen,
Manitoba
Water Hen Water Hen Note Note
Winnipeg,
Manitoba
Winnipeg Assiniboia File File
Aklavik,
Northwest Territories
Aklavik Aklavik
Immaculate Conception
File File
Aklavik,
Northwest Territories
Aklavik Aklavik
All Saints
File Coming
Fort Franklin,
Northwest Territories
Fort Franklin Fort Franklin Hostel File File
Fort McPherson,
Northwest Territories
Fort McPherson Fleming Hall File File
Fort Providence,
Northwest Territories
Fort Providence Fort Providence Boarding Home (Sacred Heart) File File
Fort Resolution,
Northwest Territories
Fort Resolution Fort Resolution Residence (St. Joseph’s) File Unavailable
Fort Resolution,
Northwest Territories
Fort Resolution Fort Resolution Note Note
Fort Simpson,
Northwest Territories
Fort Simpson Bompas Hall File File
Fort Simpson,
Northwest Territories
Fort Simpson Lapointe Hall File File
Fort Simpson,
Northwest Territories
Fort Simpson Lapointe Hall
Deh Cho Hall
Note Note
Fort Smith,
Northwest Territories
Fort Smith Breynat Hall File File
Fort Smith,
Northwest Territories
Fort Smith Grandin College File File
Hay River,
Northwest Territories
Hay River St. Peter’s File File
Inuvik,
Northwest Territories
Inuvik Grollier Hall File File
Inuvik,
Northwest Territories
Inuvik Stringer Hall File File
Kivalliq,
Northwest Territories
Kivalliq Hall Kivalliq File Note Note
Yellowknife,
Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Akaitcho Hall File File
Shubenacadie,
Nova Scotia
Shubenacadie Shubenacadie
St. Anne’s
File File
Arviat,
Nunavut
Arviat Federal Hostel at Eskimo Point/Arviat Arviat (Eskimo Point) File File
Cambridge Bay,
Nunavut
Cambridge Bay Federal Hostel at Cambridge Bay File File
Chesterfield Inlet,
Nunavut
Chesterfield Inlet Chesterfield Inlet
Turquetil Hall
File File
Coppermine,
Nunavut
Coppermine Coppermine Tent Hostel Coppermine File File
Igloolik/Iglulik,
Nunavut
Igloolik/Iglulik Federal Hostel at Igloolik/Iglulik File File
Iqaluit,
Nunavut
Iqaluit Federal Hostel at Frobisher Bay (Ukkivik) Frobisher Bay File File
Kimmirut,
Nunavut
Kimmirut Federal Hostel at Lake Harbour File File
Kinngait,
Nunavut
Kinngait Federal Hostel at Cape Dorset/Kinngait Cape Dorset File File
Mittimatalik,
Nunavut
Mittimatalik Federal Hostel at Pond Inlet/Mittimatalik File File
Pangnirtung/Panniqtuuq,
Nunavut
Pangnirtung/Panniqtuuq Federal Hostel at Pangnirtung (Pangnirtang) File File
Qamani’tuaq/Qamanittuaq,
Nunavut
Qamani’tuaq/Qamanittuaq Federal Hostel at Baker Lake/Qamani’tuaq Baker Lake File File
Qikiqtarjuaq,
Nunavut
Qikiqtarjuaq Federal Hostel at Broughton Island/ Qikiqtarjuaq
Broughton Island
File File
Sanikiluaq,
Nunavut
Sanikiluaq Federal Hostel at Belcher Islands Belcher Islands File File
Brantford,
Ontario
Brantford Mohawk Institute File File
Chapleau,
Ontario
Chapleau Chapleau
St. John’s
File File
Cristal Lake,
Ontario
Cristal Lake Cristal Lake File File
Fort Albany,
Ontario
Fort Albany St. Anne’s
Fort Albany
File File
Fort Frances,
Ontario
Fort Frances Fort Frances
St. Margaret’s
File File
Fort William,
Ontario
Fort William Fort William
St. Joseph’s
File File
Kenora,
Ontario
Kenora St. Mary’s
Kenora
File File
Kenora/Shoal Lake,
Ontario
Kenora/Shoal Lake Cecilia Jeffrey
Kenora
Shoal Lake
File File
McIntosh,
Ontario
McIntosh McIntosh File File
Moose Factory Island,
Ontario
Moose Factory Island Bishop Horden Hall
Moose Fort
Moose Factory
File File
Muncey (Munceytown),
Ontario
Muncey (Munceytown) Mount Elgin
Muncey
St. Thomas
File File
Poplar Hill,
Ontario
Poplar Hill Poplar Hill Development School File File
Sault Ste. Marie,
Ontario
Sault Ste. Marie Shingwauk Home File File
Sault Ste. Marie,
Ontario
Sault Ste. Marie Wawanosh Home File File
Sioux Lookout,
Ontario
Sioux Lookout Pelican Lake
Pelican Falls
File File
Spanish,
Ontario
Spanish Spanish Boys’ School
Charles Garnier
St. Joseph’s
File File
Spanish,
Ontario
Spanish Spanish Girls’ School
St. Joseph’s
St. Peter’s
St. Anne’s
File File
Stirland Lake,
Ontario
Stirland Lake Stirland Lake
Wahbon Bay Academy
File File
Wikwemikong,
Ontario
Wikwemikong Wikwemikong (Manitoulin Island) Note Note
Amos,
Québec
Amos Amos
Amos Student Residence
St-Marc Residence
St-Marc-de-Figuery
File File
Fort George,
Québec
Fort George Fort George
St. Phillip’s
File File
Redacted File
Fort George,
Québec
Fort George Fort George
St. Joseph’s Mission
Residence Couture
Sainte-Thérèse-de-l’Enfant-Jésus
File File
Fort George,
Québec
Fort George Fort George Hostels File File
Inukjuak,
Québec
Inukjuak Federal Hostel at Port Harrison
Inoucdjouac
Inoucdouac
File File
Kangirsualujjuaq/Fort George,
Québec
Kangirsualujjuaq/Fort George Federal Hostel at George River File File
Kangirsuk,
Québec
Kangirsuk Federal Hostel at Payne Bay
Bellin
File File
Kuujjuaraapik/Whapmagoostui,
Québec
Kuujjuaraapik/Whapmagoostui Federal Hostel at Great Whale River
Postede-la-Baleine
Kuujjuaraapik
File File
La Tuque,
Québec
La Tuque La Tuque File File
Mistassini,
Québec
Mistassini Mistassini Hostels File File
Pointe Bleue,
Québec
Pointe Bleue Pointe Bleue File File
Sept-Îles,
Québec
Sept-Îles Sept-Îles
Seven Islands
Notre Dame
Maliotenam
File File
Balcarres,
Saskatchewan
Balcarres File Hills File File
Battleford,
Saskatchewan
Battleford Battleford File File
Beauval,
Saskatchewan
Beauval Beauval
Lac la Plonge
Île-à-la-Crosse
File File
Delmas,
Saskatchewan
Delmas Thunderchild
Delmas
St. Henri
File File
Duck Lake,
Saskatchewan
Duck Lake St. Michael’s
Duck Lake
File File
Gordon’s Reserve, Punnichy,
Saskatchewan
Gordon’s Reserve, Punnichy Gordon’s
Punnichy
File File
Grayson,
Saskatchewan
Grayson Marieval
Cowessess
Crooked Lake
File File
Kamsack,
Saskatchewan
Kamsack Cote Improved Federal Day School File File
Kamsack,
Saskatchewan
Kamsack Crowstand File File
Kamsack/Fort Pelly,
Saskatchewan
Kamsack/Fort Pelly Kamsack
St. Phillips
File
File
Note
File
File
Note
Lac La Ronge,
Saskatchewan
Lac La Ronge All Saints School
Lac La Ronge
File File
Lebret/Qu’Appelle,
Saskatchewan
Lebret/Qu’Appelle Lebret
Qu’Appelle
St. Paul’s
Whitecalf
File File
Muscowequan,
Saskatchewan
Muscowequan Lestock
Muscowequan
Muskowekwan
Touchwood
File File
Muscowpetung,
Saskatchewan
Muscowpetung Muscowpetung Agency Boarding School Note Note
Muskeg Lake,
Saskatchewan
Muskeg Lake NA Note Note
Onion Lake,
Saskatchewan
Onion Lake St. Barnabas
Onion Lake
File Note
Onion Lake,
Saskatchewan
Onion Lake St. Anthony’s
Onion Lake
Sacred Heart
File File
Prince Albert,
Saskatchewan
Prince Albert Prince Albert
St. Alban’s
All Saints
St. Barnabas
Lac La Ronge
File File
Prince Albert,
Saskatchewan
Prince Albert Saint Alban’s Note Note
Prince Albert,
Saskatchewan
Prince Albert Emmanuel College Note Note
Regina,
Saskatchewan
Regina Regina File File
Round Lake,
Saskatchewan
Round Lake Round Lake File File
Standing Buffalo,
Saskatchewan
Standing Buffalo Standing Buffalo Note Note
Sturgeon Landing,
Saskatchewan
Sturgeon Landing Sturgeon Landing File
File
Note
File
Note
Carcross,
Yukon
Carcross Carcross IRS (Chooulta) File File
Dawson City,
Yukon
Dawson City St. Paul’s Hostel File File
Shingle Point,
Yukon
Shingle Point Shingle Point File File
Whitehorse,
Yukon
Whitehorse Coudert Hall File File
Whitehorse,
Yukon
Whitehorse Whitehorse Baptist Mission (Baptist Indian School) File File
Whitehorse,
Yukon
Whitehorse Yukon Hall File File
File File
File File

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Notes

Calgary, Alberta. Identified in Indian Affairs annual reports, not included in the final IRSSA (op cit., p. 150). Back
Edmonton, Alberta. The original list of institutions covered by the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (Schedule E) included a reference to “Edmonton (Poundmaker, replaced Red Deer Industrial”. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission noted “The [original] list. The Methodist school at Red Deer, Alberta, which closed in 1919, and the Methodist school in Edmonton, which opened in 1924, are listed as one school” (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Final Report, <a href=”https://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2015/trc/IR4-9-4-2015-eng.pdf”>Volume IV: Missing children and unmarked graves</a>, Appendix I: Canada’s residential schools, p. 139). The final list of institutions covered by the IRSSA made no mention of Red Deer; thus, there is no One Page Summary or School Narrative for this institution. Back
Lac La Biche, Alberta. Reportedly there is no school narrative available for the Lac La Biche Indian Residential School. Back
Lesser Slave Lake, Alberta. Reportedly there is no school narrative available for the Lesser Slave Lake Indian Residential School. Back
Morley, Alberta. Identified in Indian Affairs annual reports, not included in the final IRSSA (op cit., p. 150). Back
Red Deer, Alberta. The original list of institutions covered by the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (Schedule E) included a reference to “Edmonton (Poundmaker, replaced Red Deer Industrial”. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission noted “The [original] list. The Methodist school at Red Deer, Alberta, which closed in 1919, and the Methodist school in Edmonton, which opened in 1924, are listed as one school” (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Final Report, <a href=”https://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2015/trc/IR4-9-4-2015-eng.pdf”>Volume IV: Missing children and unmarked graves</a>, Appendix I: Canada’s residential schools, p. 139). The final list of institutions covered by the IRSSA made no mention of Red Deer; thus, there is no One Page Summary or School Narrative for this institution. Back
St. Augustine, Alberta. Reportedly there is no school narrative available for the St. Augustine Indian Residential School. Back
Sarcee, Alberta. Included in the original but not the final IRRSA. Back
Stony Plains, Alberta. Identified in Indian Affairs annual reports, not included in the final IRSSA (op cit., p. 150). Back
Vermilion Lake, Alberta. Identified in Indian Affairs annual reports, not included in the final IRSSA (op cit., p. 150). Back
Fort St. James, British Columbia. Identified in Indian Affairs annual reports, not included in the final IRSSA (op cit., p. 150). Back
Metlakatla, British Columbia. Identified in Indian Affairs annual reports, not included in the final IRSSA (op cit., p. 150). Back
Yale, British Columbia. Identified in Indian Affairs annual reports, not included in the IRSSA (op cit., p. 150). Back
Cross Lake, Manitoba. Reportedly another school narrative is forthcoming for Cross Lake, presumably for the Notre Dame Hostel/Jack River Indian Residential School. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission collapsed the Cross Lake, Norway House, Notre Dame Hostel, and Jack River institutions into one Indian Residential School (op cit., p. 144). Back
Dauphin, Manitoba. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission noted “the Anglican school at The Pas, Manitoba, which closed in 1933, and the Anglican school in Dauphin, Manitoba, which opened in 1957, are listed as one school (in part because both were known as the ‘McKay school’ (op cit., p. 139).” We associated the school narrative for the “Mackay” institution with both the Dauphin and The Pas Indian Residential Schools. Back
Middlechurch, Manitoba. Identified in Indian Affairs annual reports, not included in the final IRSSA (op cit., p. 150). Back
St. Boniface, Manitoba. Identified in Indian Affairs annual reports, not included in the final IRSSA (op cit., p. 150). Back
The Pas, Manitoba. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission noted “the Anglican school at The Pas, Manitoba, which closed in 1933, and the Anglican school in Dauphin, Manitoba, which opened in 1957, are listed as one school (in part because both were known as the ‘McKay school’ (op cit., p. 139).” We associated the school narrative for the “Mackay” institution with both the Dauphin and The Pas Indian Residential Schools. Back
Water Hen, Manitoba. Identified in Indian Affairs annual reports, not included in the final IRSSA (op cit., p. 150). Back
Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories. Identified in Indian Affairs annual reports, not included in the final IRSSA (op cit., p. 151). Back
Aklavik, Northwest Territories. Reportedly a school narrative is forthcoming for the Aklavik (All Saint’s) Indian Residential School. Back
Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories. Reportedly there is no school narrative available for the Fort Resolution Indian Residential School. Back
Kivalliq, Northwest Territories. Added to the final IRRSA by court order in 2019, after the TRCC wrote its report. Back
Wikwemikong, Ontario. Identified in Indian Affairs annual reports, included in the original IRSSA, not included in the final IRSSA (op cit., p. 150). Back
Kamsack/Fort Pelly, Saskatchewan. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission notes “There are separate listings [in the IRSSA] for Roman Catholic schools at Fort Pelly and Kamsack, Saskatchewan, although these appear to refer to the same institution” (op cit., p. 139). Altogether the federal government has published four one page summaries and four school narratives for institutions associated with Kamsack, Saskatchewan. Back
Muscowpetung, Saskatchewan. Identified in Indian Affairs annual reports, not included in the final IRSSA (op cit., p. 150). Back
Muskeg Lake, Saskatchewan. Identified in Indian Affairs annual reports, not included in the final IRSSA (op cit., p. 150). Back
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Identified in Indian Affairs annual reports, not included in the final IRSSA (op cit., p. 151). Back
Standing Buffalo, Saskatchewan. Identified in Indian Affairs annual reports, not included in the final IRSSA (op cit., p. 151). Back
Sturgeon Landing, Saskatchewan. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation outlines the potentially confusing connection between the Sturgeon Landing Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan and The Pas/Guy Hill Indian Residential School in Manitoba. “Predecessor to the Guy Hill Residential School at The Pas, the residential school at Sturgeon Landing began operation in 1926, although its official opening was not until 1927. During its history, the school saw out breaks of illness. The Sturgeon Landing school was destroyed by fire in 1952, and was not rebuilt. That fall, pupils and most of the staff were moved to facilities in The Pas where they remained until Guy Hill residential school was built on nearby Clearwater Lake in 1957.” The Truth and Reconciliation Commission associates separate Indian Residential Schools with Sturgeon Landing, Saskatchewan and The Pas/Guy Hill, Manitoba. The federal government has published separate two one page summaries and one school narrative for the Sturgeon Landing-The Pas/Guy Hill Indian Residential School(s). Back