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Residential Schools: Introduction

Learn more about Canada's "Indian Residential Schools System". Find information to start learning and also to do more in-depth research.

A 24/7 support line is available for residential school survivors and their families:
the Residential School Survivor Support Line 1-866-925-4419.

Survivors and their families can also access the services of the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program.

For all Indigenous Peoples in Manitoba, this document from Shared Health Manitoba lists additional supports: Indigenous Cultural Healing Supports (last updated: November, 2020).

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You are visiting Winnipeg Public Library's Residential Schools Info Guide.  This guide is designed to help people learn more about the "Indian Residential Schools" system put in place by the Canadian government and operated by several churches in Canada. This is a living resource. Please check back for updates. 

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Sources to help begin learning about residential schools


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In Manitoba

The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement