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A Teacher Librarian's Guide for Decolonization and Reconciliation

This guide is intended for Teacher Librarians and others working in the information and cultural heritage sectors wanting professional learning resources for self-study on topics of decolonization, reconciliation, resurgence, and Indigenous-settler relat

Justice Murray Sinclair 2016 Lecture at the University of Regina on the legacy of residential schools


UVic Libraries has access to a number of videos about residential schools which can be streamed for home viewing.  Below are few examples, a full listing is available here.


The interactive map below titled "Archival Map," notes the location of residential schools.  In addition to this map, the NCTR also has a 'Memorial Map,' noting additional important places for Residential School Children's histories.


Finding Articles

There are different ways to locate articles on topics and for more search tips please consult our Research Help pages.  However, if you are doing a specific search on residential schools in Canada's history, I would recommend the following strategies.

Start with a SUMMON search (the main search box on the library's home page).

You can try a natural language search like: indian residential schools

However, this likely will not be as exhaustive a search as you might like if you are writing an in-depth paper.  In this case try your search using the advanced search options in SUMMON or with a Boolean search string such as this example:

(indigenous OR "first nations" OR aboriginal OR indian OR native OR "native north american" OR "indians of north america" OR "american indian" OR amerindian) AND (school* OR education) AND canada*

In a time of truth and reconciliation Canadian libraries are working on ways to ensure description conventions are more culturally meaningful.  We will keep you posted on our progress.  In the meantime, do remember to include historical terminology in your search.

You could also look in individual subject-specific databases:

Books on Residential Schools

Memoirs on Residential Schools

Videos on Residential Schools

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