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Residential Schools: About

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

Front page of Assiniboia Residential School newsletterWelcome.

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. 

The guide shares:

  • information for people beginning to learn about residential schools
  • information to help do more in-depth research
  • sources to read or listen to residential school survivors' stories
  • book lists
  • sources for finding school records and other archival materials.  Much of this material is available to view online.
  • information about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, including its reports and Calls to Action
  • the Residential School Survivor Support Line - posted to each page

image: cover of a newsletter for the Assiniboia Residential School, Academy Road, Winnipeg
source: National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation



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.

SUMMARY: Each dot represents a residential school. Click/tap a dot to learn the name(s) of the school, its opening and closing dates, the denomination of the church that operated it and where the school was located.

"This map was created using data provided by the National Commission for Truth and Reconciliation, and therefore only includes schools listed in Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement."

More maps and atlases

Sources to help begin learning about residential schools

The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement

Additional reports and research