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Records and materials shared through stories at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) help foster reconciliation and healing and ensure that the history and legacy of the residential school system are never forgotten.

These exhibits contain a wide array of documents and materials that show the construction and operations of the residential schools and the policies that governed them, their legacy and impact on generations of Indigenous Peoples and communities, and some of the steps taken on the path towards healing and reconciliation.

Bentwood Box
Page from Indian Act
Group of people on stage at NCTR signing ceremony
Cree Indian Residential School Apology document
drumming at TRC closing ceremony

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NCTR’s spirit name – bezhig miigwan, meaning “one feather”.

Bezhig miigwan calls upon us to see each Survivor coming to the NCTR as a single eagle feather and to show those Survivors the same respect and attention an eagle feather deserves. It also teaches we are all in this together — we are all one, connected, and it is vital to work together to achieve reconciliation.