You can use this interactive map to see if there was a residential school in your community. Once you identify the school in your community, read the survivors' stories. The residential school system separated 150,000 Indigenous children from their families; the last one closed in 1996.
Watch and experience these “digital stories”, videos created by 6 First Nations women whose mothers are Residential School Survivors. This project set out to understand better how the residential school legacy passes on between generations.
Garnet Angeconeb shares stories of his life, from a childhood on the trap line, through residential school and reconciliation. The stories are told in about 30 brief videos, plus one 21-minute biography.
This exhibit (created in 2006) includes more than 100 archival photos and documents, as well as stories submitted by survivors and observations by non-native people who had worked in the north, such as Hudson's Bay Store managers and government workers.
This document contains a collection of memories of pain, loneliness and accomplishment. Residential School survivors describe their lives prior to attending residential school, and their experiences studying, working, and living in the schools.
Wawahte: Stories of Residential School Survivors
This site, with 48-minute documentary, shares the stories of three residential school survivors. The documentary combines archival images with elements from the Wawahte audio book. There is also a gallery of archival photos.