Here’s the abstract of our piece: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada called for increased access to archival material documenting the history of Residential Schools. What does this access and associated programming look like? How can archives approach sharing Residential School history in an ethical and culturally appropriate way? This project report provides examples of reciprocal approaches to archival work by drawing on a case study of the community-guided work undertaken by the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA) and the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC).
In honour of Orange Shirt Day today’s episode is dedicated to Residential School Survivors all across the land and to those who didn’t return home from their time at Residential School. In today’s episode I discuss the TRC’s Calls to Action and their relationship to archival practice.
Note – I made a numerical error when talking about the TRC Calls to Action, it is call number 69 not call number 60 that speaks to the operation of Library and Archives Canada.
My latest post, “Unexpected Archival Finds: Shingwauk Student Register” can be found over at Activehistory.ca. This piece explores the recent discoveru a “Clerk’s Fee Book” that had been re-purposed as a Shingwauk Residential School student register from 1930-1941. This find by the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre staff provides new information about the students who attended Shingwauk during this period and also inspires questions about archival ethics and unexpected records.