Xwla ye toteló:met qas ye slilekwel (listen to the sound clip)
“towards understanding and harmony”
- translated from Halq'eméylem by Siyamiateliyot (Elizabeth Phillips)

Links & Resources

For more information the history and legacy of the Indian Residential School experience and information on other events please consult with the links and resources below:

Aboriginal Healing Foundation

Amnesty International: Indigenous Peoples in Canada

Assemby of First Nations

British Columbia Reconciliation Week 

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Legacy of Hope Foundation

Metis National Council

Missing History: Recovering Canada's Lost Histories

Native Women't Association of Canada

Project of Heart

Reconciliation Canada – Walk for Reconciliation Event

First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada: Shannen's Dream

Truth & Reconciliation Commission

UFV Library: The Reality of Residential Schools

UFV Library: Residential Schools LibGuide

UFV IRSDL Senate Motion

Further Reading:

Canada, Aboriginal Peoples, and Residential Schools: They Came for the Children

Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation & Residential School. Selected readings chosen by: Shelagh Rogers, Mike DeGagné and Jonathan Dewar. Ottawa, ON: Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 2012.

Brass, Eleanor. I Walk in Two Worlds. Calgary, AB: Glenbow Museum, 1987.

Cariboo Tribal Council. Impact of the Residential School. Williams Lake, BC, 1991.

Dickason, Olive Patricia. Canada’s First Nations: A History of Founding Peoples From Earliest Times. Toronto, ON: McClelland and Stewart, 1992.

Joe, Rita. Poems of Rita Joe. Halifax. NS: Abanaki Press, 1978.

Miller, J.R. Shingwauk’s Vision: A History of Native Residential Schools. Toronto, ON: University of

Toronto Press, 1996.

Milloy, John S. A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879 to 1986. Winnipeg, MB: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Regan, Paulette. Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, 2010.

Taylor, Drew Hayden. Toronto at Dreamer’s Rock. Education is Our Right: Two One-Act Plays. Saskatoon, SK: Fifth House Publishers, 1990.

Wadden, Marie. Where the Pavement Ends: Canada’s Aboriginal Recovery Movement and the Urgent Need for Reconciliation. Toronto, ON: Douglas & Mcintyre, 2008.

Schroeder, Steven. Reflections on the Indian Residential Schools and Work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commision of Canada. Contemporary Church History Quarterly, Volume 19, Number 3 (September 2013).

Books for Children:

Campbell, Nicola I., with illustrations by Kim LeFave. Shin-chi’s Canoe. Toronto, ON: Groundwood/House of Anansi, 2008.

Jordan-Fenton, Christy and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton. Fatty Legs. Toronto, ON: Annick Press, 2010.

Loyie, Larry and Constance Brissenden. Goodbye Buffalo Bay. Penticton, BC: Theytus Books, 2008.

If you or someone you know is distressed by this website or during the Residential Schools Day of Learning, please contact UFV Counselling Services by calling 604-854-4528 (Abbotsford), 604-795-2808 (Chilliwack) or by coming in to your nearest Student Services office.  Every effort will be made to accommodate you in a crisis.

If you or someone you know experiences a crisis after hours, please call the toll free  24 hour Crisis Line at 1-877-820-7444 or the Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419.

If there is immediate risk, please call 911 or the UFV emergency security line at 7770. 


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