Residential Schools

Where are the Children?
This project was launched at the National Archives of Canada. Dedicated to the service of the nation's identity, the Archives gathers what has been as an endowment to what will be. This project is an attempt to tell the true and painful story of a national institution committed, not to the preservation of a people, but to their forced assimilation.

Where are the Children? acknowledges that the era of silence is over. The resilience of Aboriginal people is evident in efforts to address the effects of unresolved trauma, thereby conferring upon future generations a renewed legacy of peace, strength, and well-being.

Public Presentation on KIRS Findings and TteS Next Steps

  • Public presentation on Kamloops Indian Residential School (KIRS) ground penetrating radar report findings
  • Technical briefing on the ground penetrating radar work undertaken.
  • Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc next steps
  • Statements from KIRS survivors and inter-generational survivor

Evelyn Camille – Survivor of the Kamloops Indian Residential School speaks out


The Fallen Feather: Indian Industrial Residential Schools & Canadian Confederation
93 minute documentary that presents a description and analysis of the creation and development of the residential school system and the difficult, and painful legacy the people of this system left for First Nation's generations.
This documentary is available at the TRU Library
Call No: E96.5.F34 2007

Behind Closed Doors: Stories From the Kamloops Indian Residential School Secwepemc Cultural Education Society 2006
Behind Closed Doors features written testimonials from 32 individuals who attended the Kamloops Indian Residential School. The school was one of many infamous residential schools that operated from 1893 to 1979. The storytellers remember and share with us their stolen time at the school; many stories are told through courageous tears.
TRU Library call number: E 96.6.K34 B45 2006

Pelq'ilc: Coming Home
Celia Haig-Brown, a Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University, and Helen Haig-Brown from the Tsilqhot'in Nation created this 33 minute documentary.

Resistance and Renewal: Surviving the Indian Residential School, by Celia Haig-Brown
A revealing and disturbing collection of Native perspectives on the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, and a more general study of the tragic phenomenon of residential schools in Canada. Thirteen interviews with Native people, all former students of KIRS, form the nucleus of the book — a frank depiction of various aspects of school life, and a telling account of the system's oppressive environment which effectively sought to stifle Native culture.

Suffer the Little Children: Genocide, Indigenous Nations and the Canadian State
About the author: Tamara Starblanket is a Nehiyaw Iskwew (Cree woman) from Ahtahkakoop First Nation in Treaty Six Territory. Tamara holds an LLM from the University of Saskatchewan, and an LLB from the University of British Columbia. Her undergraduate degree is in political science from Simon Fraser University. She is Co-Chair of the North American Indigenous Peoples' Caucus (NAIPC). She presently teaches in and coordinates the criminology program at the Native Education College in Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver).
TRU Library call number: KE 7722 .I58 S73 2018

2020 Sterling Prize Ceremony and Lecture with Tamara Starblanket
Tamara Starblanket, Dean of Academics at the Native Education College and a Cree woman from Ahtahkakoop First Nation in Treaty Six, was awarded the 2020 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy, for her book Suffer the Little Children: Genocide, Indigenous Nations and the Canadian State. On October 29, 2020, Starblanket spoke about Canada’s role in changing the definition of genocide and the legal international and domestic ramifications.

Tamara Starblanket, pre-book talk at University of Saskatchewan 2018

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