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Lessons Learned from IRSSA

This project is focused on the lessons learned from the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement (IRSSA). The experiences on the IRSSA development, process and design.

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) will be visiting communities to learn about Survivors experiences, the successes and the challenges of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement.

From October to December 2018, seven one-day engagements have been planned across Canada to consult First Nations, Métis and Inuit Residential School Survivors and intergenerational Survivors who have or may be affected by settlement agreements.

Material collected during this project may be used to inform the development of future settlement agreements, inform ongoing work on Reconciliation in Canada and beyond, and inform the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action. Information collected during the engagements will be compiled into a narrative report that will be released in March 2019.

We want to learn from your experiences. The future is ours to create—together.

Download promotional materials: the specific community poster below and the social graphic:

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Lunch will be at noon and snacks will be provided during the engagement with travel subsidies available through Planners Plus. Health and cultural supports will be available at the time of the engagement.

The project is not intended to challenge the obligations of the Settlement Agreement, such as to re-open, assess, or resolve individual claims under the Settlement Agreement. Participation in this project is completely voluntary and participants have the right to share as much or as little of their experience with facilitators.

If you are interested in attending an event, please send Kelly Forgala at the following information:

  • Name
  • Community gathering you wish to attend

It will help us determine an estimated number of participants for each event as there is limited space per venue.

Subject to available funding, the NCTR is able to offer a limited number of travel subsidies to attend the event. To apply, please complete and return the TRAVEL SUBSIDY FORM (PDF) to

Travel subsidies are available for Survivors who are traveling greater than 25 km driving distance to the event to a maximum of $150 per person, preference will be given to those survivors who live outside of the city. Please be advised there is only a small number of subsidies available on a first come first serve basis, there is no guarantee one will be provided. 

For subsidy eligibility you must register between 9:00am – 1:00pm.

If you have concerns about this project or if you would like to discuss other related matters, please contact Kelly Forgala at

For all media inquiries please contact Emdash at or (613)-369-5006

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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.