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Every Child Matters: Honouring the Missing Children

This library guide lists educational and scholarly resources related to the remembrance of the many children missing from Canada's residential schools

Every Child Matters

This guide was developed in response to the recent news that the remains of 215 children were found at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.  Further information about this tragedy can be found in the May 27th, 2021 press release of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Kukpi7 Chief Rosanne Casimir.  To learn more about the Kamloops Indian Residential School (IRS), the history of residential schools in Canada, and how you can start embracing truth and reconciliation within yourself, you may find the resources below helpfulFor more in-depth resource lists, click on the 'Focused Topics' tab to the left or check out our Indigenous Studies library guide.  For further information about campus-wide initiatives regarding this topic, please also consult UVic's 215 website

The design above was created in 2018 by UVic's Audain Professor of Contemporary Art Practice of the Pacific Northwest, Carey Hayalthkin'geme Newman, in honour of UVic's commitment to Orange Shirt Day.  Use your UVic Community Borrower library card to loan a copy of Prof. Newman's 2019 book Picking up the Pieces: Residential School Memories and the Making of the Witness Blanket.  You can get your own Orange Shirt from UVic's Bookstore with proceeds going to the Elders Engagement Fund.  Learn more about Orange Shirt events at UVic and borrow library copies in Shuswap, French, or English of Phyllis Webstad's book about the story of Orange Shirt Day.

The Kamloops IRS and other residential schools on Vancouver Island

Non-governmental and governmental reports on the IRS system

Every Child Matters and Orange Shirt Day

Learn more about The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation's (NCTR) Every Child Matters 2020 Initiative.  Relatedly, you can learn more about Orange Shirt Day and Phyllis Webstad's story.  UVic Libraries' has Webstad's book in English, French, and Shuswap.

Video collections

There are many video collections on topics related to residential schools and the history of colonization in Canada.  To get started, below are a few examples of frequently referred to video series.

Short videos about the history residential schools in Canada

UVic Libraries has an entire library guide on the history of residential schools in Canada, check it out here.  Below are a few short videos to view if you are just starting to learn about this history. 

Web resources to learn more

There are countless websites available regionally, provincially, nationally, and internationally that can support your continued learning about residential schools in Canada as well as important related topics such as decolonization, truth, reconciliation, and Indigenous resurgence.  Here are a few to get you started:

Learn more through these open and free online courses

Some remarkable online courses have been developed to support self-directed learning for topics such as truth, reconciliation, decolonization, and Indigenous resurgence.  Below are a small sampling to get you started, there are many, many more.

Short videos to learn about the lands where UVic is located

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