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The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) was created to preserve the memory and legacy of Canada’s residential school system for all of Canada, for all time.

The most important service we provide is delivering Survivors and their families a record of their own history, a sacred bundle that the NCTR will protect and preserve forever for the benefit of all Canadians. These archives are the spiritual core of the NCTR.

The NCTR archives are a safe, trusted and accessible home for our shared history: All the documents, sacred items and Survivor statements collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) and beyond. We also store and provide access to a growing collection of other histories and records sacred to Indigenous communities, people and organizations.

This is our collective history and an important resource for Indigenous self-determination and Indigenous rights; we strive to hold the records under Indigenous control.

We invite everyone who visits our site to experience, explore and learn: the history archived here is our shared past and the future is ours to create together.


Access the spiritual core of the NCTR: the AtoM archive database is a rich, dynamic and vast collection of documents, oral histories, photos and other important records gathered by the TRC and beyond.

Archival Map

Use our Interactive Archival Map to search for public archive material by specific residential schools, events or hearings.

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Survivors and Intergenerational Survivors: To request your records, or the records of a family member, you can contact the NCTR directly.

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.