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Residential Schools

Canadian Residential Schools

Photo: CBC Article, (Originally from Library and Archives Canada / PA-042133)

For over a hundred years Indigenous children, often very young, were taken from their families and kept in government-funded, church-run residential schools, often far from their homes. The aim of these schools was to remove parental influence, spiritual, cultural and intellectual, from the children. Children often suffered abuse under terrible conditions. In recent years, work has begun to seek a process of reconciliation and healing for the trauma suffered by these children and their families, including the descendants of the residential school survivors.


This guide highlights current resources on residential schools in Canada available through University of Alberta Libraries.

Important Documents and Books

Subject Librarian

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Debbie Feisst
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University of Alberta Libraries - University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2R3 - We are located on Treaty 6 / M├ętis Territory.