Ry Moran, Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) located at the University of Manitoba, and Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, have announced an agreement between the NCTR and Library and Archives Canada (LAC). The memorandum of understanding signed today will ensure the preservation of, and public access to, the records of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on residential schools.
The agreement outlines areas of collaboration between the two organizations. Most notably, LAC will provide the NCTR with digital copies of the TRC’s records, on-site archival advice and technical expertise. NCTR will provide LAC with access to documents from the TRC that have not yet been transferred to LAC. The agreement also establishes areas of collaboration related to special initiatives including public engagement, exhibitions, events, and the ongoing sharing of records that are relevant to the issues of indigenous peoples.
Both the NCTR and LAC are committed to preserving documents of national importance that bear witness to the Canadian experience. Making the records accessible to residential school survivors, their families, and the public is a key outcome of the agreement.
- Between 2009 and 2015, the TRC travelled to all parts of Canada, hearing from more than 6,000 residential school survivors and compiling historical information from various institutions, including LAC.
- Over the course of its mandate, the TRC generated hundreds of thousands of pages of records such as: management files, policy papers, evaluation reports and communications products.
- LAC is in the process of creating some 300,000 digital images of TRC records to be transferred to the NCTR.
- LAC and the NCTR will make TRC records available to the public, subject to access to information and privacy legislation.
- The agreement will take effect on June 2, 2016.
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