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Memorial Register

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) is taking the first step in honouring the Residential School children who never came home. We are starting work on the National Residential School Student Death Register (Call to Action #72), which will bring together information concerning Indigenous children who died while under the care of Residential School authorities. The NCTR will be researching over five million records in the archives to identify all the children in the register.

The NCTR is consulting Residential School Survivors, intergenerational Survivors, families and Indigenous communities to inform the development and design of the register and database. To do this we will be visiting communities to receive feedback and direction on this project.

The NCTR recognizes this is a profoundly personal issue for Indigenous peoples. It is important Indigenous communities direct the project. The NCTR would be grateful for any comments on the development and use of the Register. Participation in this project is completely voluntary and participants have the right to share as much or as little of their feedback with facilitators.

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

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

We invite you to share your wishes and concerns so we can honour the children who never returned.

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

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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.