National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Learn how the Government of Canada is responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action 77 to 78.

Based on data provided November 2022.

77. We call upon provincial, territorial, municipal, and community archives to work collaboratively with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to identify and collect copies of all records relevant to the history and legacy of the residential school system, and to provide these to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

What's happening?

Provincial, territorial, municipal and community archives and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation are responsible for the response to Call to Action 77.

The Government of Canada continues to support the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation with $60 million from Budget 2022 in funding towards the overall cost of the Centre's new facility, in addition to support for community-led efforts to locate, identify, memorialize and commemorate missing children and unmarked burials, and the full disclosure of federal documents related to residential schools.

78. We call upon the Government of Canada to commit to making a funding contribution of $10 million over seven years to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, plus an additional amount to assist communities to research and produce histories of their own residential school experience and their involvement in truth, healing and reconciliation.

What's happening?

In addition to this existing support, a joint initiative was also developed between the Government of Canada and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR). The Partnership Engage Grants-Residential Schools Joint Initiative (PEG-RSJI) was announced in spring 2022 and took the form of a one-time funding opportunity. The (PEG-RSJI) supported projects responding to a community's need for planning, discussions, archival work or storytelling prior to, or in addition to, excavations or identifications on residential school sites in Canada. Projects could also focus on ground exploration, identification of sites and remains, repatriation of missing children from residential schools in Canada, or mapping and preservation of these sites, as judged appropriate by the community. As a result of the competition, 8 one-year grants of up to $50,000 each were awarded in the fall.

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