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Preserving Canada’s residential school records is a sacred obligation. The NCTR will preserve these records so that Canadians do not forget what happened at the schools or their lasting legacy.

The NCTR makes the residential school records as accessible as possible, while also protecting the privacy of the Survivors represented in archives: the level of access and response priorities vary depending on who is making the request.

For those with limited access to the internet or a computer, the NCTR can provide one-on-one support.

Survivor Access

The NCTR ensures that Survivors and their families have access to their own history and public records while also strictly adhering to privacy laws and cultural access protocols.

Research Access

Academic and community-based researchers can access material held in the archives as well as contribute to the living legacy of the Centre.

Public vs. Private Records

Understand the differences between public, restricted and redacted records in the archive collection, as well as NCTR copyright and permissions policies.


Access information and resources on reconciliation and Residential Schools for teachers, educators and students.

Access and Privacy Policies

Information on NCTR access protocols and privacy policies for the records in our archives.

Survivor Support

Accessing and viewing records within the NCTR Archives may be a traumatic experience for Survivors and their families. If at any time you feel the need to speak with someone, a national crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Residential School Survivor Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419

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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.