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The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) fosters and supports research on residential schools and their legacy and aims to promote new directions in research on Indigenous law and rights, Treaties, and government policy. The NCTR also promotes best practices in research based on Indigenous and Western research ethics and standards.

Academic and community-based researchers are able to access material held in the archives as well as contribute to the living legacy of the Centre that promotes understanding and reconciliation through dialogue, education, and research. Researchers are invited to engage with the NCTR holdings to uncover additional truths and about residential schools and add to our knowledge about their legacy.

The NCTR collections contribute to research in psychology, human rights, gender studies, Indigenous studies, transitional justice/peace studies, anti-racism discourse, studies in decolonization, health/medical studies, sociology, archival studies and collaborative research inside Indigenous communities. The NCTR collections provide information that Canada and the Churches kept controlled for over 100 years.

Through an evolving model that is rooted in the cultures, traditions, laws and protocols of Indigenous Peoples, the Centre is helping assure residential schools as well as their legacy are studied, understood, and remembered.


Discover current and past research projects offered through the NCTR and our partner organizations


Browse current NCTR publications and read our guidelines for submitting a book proposal.

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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.