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Northwest History Index

This card index in the Special Collections Department of the Central Library provides access to the Northwest History Collection, a heritage collection covering the early history and exploration of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.

The collection includes:

  • magazine and newspaper articles
  • pamphlets
  • books
  • chapters in books
  • many other resources

As of August 1998, no new material hs been added to the Northwest History Index. It is continued by the British Columbia Index.

Recommended DVDs

Muffins for Granny Des Muffins Pour Grand-maman
Call Number: 970.54 M94m
Publication Date: 2007

Smoke From His Fire
Call Number: 970.1 D547s
Publication Date: 2007

Topahdewin The Gladys Cook Story
Call Number: 305.4097127 C77b
Publication Date: 2004

We Were Children: Nous N'étions Que Des Enfants
Call Number: 970.54 W36w
Publication Date: 2012

Where Are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools
Call Number: 370.117089 W56a
Publication Date: 2004




View of Indian Residential School in Alert Bay

View of Indian Residential School in Alert Bay, VPL #38471, Hugh Weatherby

This guide will help you begin your research and use Library resources to learn more about the Residential School system and its consequences.


Recommended Books

See our  Residential School Reading list for more recommended  fiction, theatre, and memoirs that document the experience of students and families victimized by the Canadian residential school system

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This Benevolent Experiment: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide, and Redress in the Canada and the United States - Andrew Woolford
Call Number: 970.54 W91t
Publication Date: 2015
This book contrasts the responses in Canada and the United States to redressing the harms caused by Residential Schools.

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The Education of Augie Merasty A Residential School Memoir - Joseph August Merasty ; with David Carpenter
Call Number: 970.54 M55e
Publication Date: 2015
The story of one of an estimated 150,000 children who were taken from their families and sent to government-funded, church-run schools, where they were subjected to a policy of "aggressive assimilation."

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Finding My Talk: How Fourteen Native Women Reclaimed Their Lives After Residential School - Agnes Grant
Call Number: 970.54 G76f
Publication Date: 2004
In these biographies, fourteen Aboriginal women whose lives were affected by the residential schools, reflect on their experiences.

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A Knock on the Door: The Essential History of Residential Schools From the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Call Number: 970.54 K722u
Publication Date: 2016
Concise presentation of the essential history and legacy of residential schools.

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Kiss of the Fur Queen - Tomson Highway
Call Number: FIC
Publication Date: 1998
Renowned playwright, Tomson Highway's first novel explores the effects of Residential School on 2 brothers.

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Resistance and Renewal: Surviving the Indian Residential School - Celia Haig-Brown
Call Number: 970.54 H14r1
Publication Date: 1991
Interviews with thirteen indigenous people, who were taken to Kamloops Indian Residential School(KIRS) in the British Columbia interior.

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Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada - Paulette Regan
Call Number: 970.54 R33u
Publication Date: 2011
A compassionate call to action, this powerful book offers a new and hopeful path toward healing the wounds of the past. Nominated for the Canada prize.



The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Final report coverIn 2009, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada began a multi-year process to listen to Survivors, communities and others affected by the Residential School system. The  final report was relased in 2015.

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future
Call Number: 970.54 T874f
Summary of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation of Canada. Also available online

Volume 1, Part 1: The History, Origins to 1939
Call Number: 970.54 T874c v.1 pt.1

Volume 1, Part 2: The History, 1939 to 2000
Call Number: 970.54 T874c v.1 pt.2

Volume 2: The Inuit and Northern Experience
Call Number: 970.54 T874c v.2

Volume 3: The Métis Experience
Call Number: 970.54 T874c v.3

Volume 5: The Legacy
Call Number: 970.54 T874c v.5

Volume 6: Reconciliation
Call Number: 970.54 T874c v.6

Read the TRC report
A group of volunteers has read the summary report aloud.



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