3.4.3 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR)

Established in June, 2008, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) mandate was to learn the truth and inform Canadians about what happened to more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children placed in Residential Schools between 1870 and 1996 (the last Residential School closed in 1996).1

Between 2010 and 2013, the TRC reviewed records held by those who operated and funded the schools, heard testimonies from officials of the institutions that operated the schools, and recorded experiences reported by former students, their families, communities and anyone personally affected by the residential school experience and its subsequent impacts.1

The TRC released a summary report of findings in June 2015, which included 94 Calls to Action. The report findings can be found here.

The 94 TRC calls to action are focused on areas of importance to Indigenous children and their families, including child welfare, education, language and culture, health and justice.

With the TRC findings published and the initial work of the TRC complete, the ongoing work and oversight around the TRC Calls to Action has been transferred to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR). The NCTR is now the permanent home for all statements, documents, and other materials gathered by the TRC. On the NCTR website you will find copies of the TRC reports and information on new resources/initiatives to address the TRC Calls to Action.

1Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada website, accessed July 10, 2018.

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