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Learning about Residential Schools

Historical Image: Children at School Desks

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was officially established on June 2, 2008.  The Commission held its closing event in Ottawa from May 31 to June 3, 2015, and has presented its findings to the public. One of the Commission’s stated goals is to “... (p)romote awareness and public education of Canadians about the IRS system and its impacts”.

 The Residential Schools: Resource Guide list is one of the Ottawa Public Library’s contributions towards that goal.  It includes juvenile and adult, fiction and non-fiction titles from our catalogue that tell the story of the Canadian First Nations’ experience in the residential school system.

Relevant websites listed include the Commission’s own, and notably a beautifully produced multimedia version of  the traveling exhibition “Where Are the children? Healing the legacy of the residential schools”.  The exhibition’s resource page offers an Edu-kit and Teacher Bundle, something that will no doubt be of interest to educators everywhere.