Canadian Indian residential school system

Public Open House: Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre & Library Garden. 11:30am-2:30pm, Feb 23, 2016

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Campus and Community Planning is hosting an Open House to welcome views and comments on plans for the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, a 620 square meter, two-level facility providing exhibition and program space to promote learning and dialogue regarding Indian Residential Schools in Canada, and the Library Garden, a remodel of the current garden to complement the new Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre.

Tuesday, February 23, 11:30 AM2:30 PM
Foyer, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall

If you cannot attend the Open House, comments may be submitted through the above project webpages or to the contact noted below by March 1, 2016.

Direct questions to Karen Russell, Manager, Development Services: or 604-822-1586.

Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, February 15, 2016


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By Debora Steel, October 2, 2014
Photos by Debora Steel

Port Alberni —

“Strength from Within”, a sculpture by Tseshaht’s own Connie Watts, was officially unveiled on Oct. 1, life brought into it through a brushing ceremony.

It stands next to the Tseshaht longhouse and on the site of the notorious former Alberni Indian Residential School. It will serve as a constant reminder to all of the horrors that occurred at AIRS over the decades, to honor all who didn’t return to their families, and pay tribute to the resiliency of all those who survived their time there.

Watts is internationally-celebrated, renowned for such works as Hetux, the West Coast Thunderbird installation at Vancouver International Airport. She donated her time to create the “Strength from Within” project, working with a team of talented individuals.

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” she said, her voice trembling with emotion. “How dare they call it a school,” she said. “It was a prison. There was no education.” It was “a concentration camp for kids.” Read More.

This Month at MOA for December 2013

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The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926 – 2011 

Until March 30, 2014 | MOA

In 1949, the Cuban writer and ethno-musicologist, Alejo Carpentier (1904 – 1980), coined the term the “marvellous real” to describe a particular kind of magic realism that is manifest in the arts and everyday life of Latin America. Eluding the expected through bizarre amalgamations, improbable juxtapositions, and fantastic correlations, the marvellous real is, as Carpentier said, “neither beautiful nor ugly; rather, it is amazing because it is strange.” Read more

Speaking to Memory: Images and Voices from St. Michael’s Residential School

Until March 2, 2014 | MOA

This exhibition has grown out of a unique opportunity to present the personal experiences of First Nations children who attended St. Michael’s Indian Residential School. During the late 1930’s, one student at the school had a camera and photographed many of her friends and classmates there. The photos provide a rare and moving glimpse of residential school life through the eyes of students as they made a life for themselves away from families and home communities. Read more

Director, National Research Centre of Indian Residential Schools – Office of the Vice-President (Research and International)

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The salary range for this position (EMAPS Level) is $76,871-$138,179.

University of Manitoba


  • Minimum masters level or advanced degree required.
  • Priority will be given to Indigenous candidates.
  • An acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.


  • At least seven years of relevant experience, primarily in First Nations/Metis/lnuit organizations in a policy, programming, research, administrative, negotiation or leadership role required.
  • Experience in public speaking, advocacy, report writing and event planning are required.
  • Demonstrated interest in and understanding of Indigenous cultures and issues are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster strong community connections is required.
  • Financial/budget management experience is required.
  • Experience in identifying and developing partnerships to develop new initiatives and secure funding is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with the media is desirable.
  • Experience in the strategic planning, development and implementation of communications plans are desirable.
  • Experience in publications management is an asset.
  • Knowledge of university policies and procedures in accounting is an asset.


  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, verbal, presentation and written communication skills are required.
  • Ability to interact with individuals and groups in culturally diverse social, political, professional, NGO and educational environments.
  • Strong multi-tasking, time-management and organizational skills are required.
  • Proficiency with various software applications (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and a willingness to learn additional programs (including website management) are required.
  • Ability to perform accounts reconciliation and fund maintenance are required.
  • Ability to deal effectively and professionally with all levels of staff, students and the public required.
  • Ability to prioritize and work effectively and efficiently.
  • Problem solving abilities required, as well as being able to foresee upcoming situations and take initiative in handling them.
  • Ability to learn and implement university regulations and policies.


  • Indian Residential School Survivor an asset.


  • Responsible for co-ordination between university departments, external, working towards establishing the new (NRC) National Research Centre.
  • Responsible for the negotiation of renovations.
  • Liaise with current university archivists, the TRC, residential school survivors and partners outside the university, coordination of transfer of electronic, physical records and liaison with university archivists, IST, the TRC and partners outside the university, develops relationships  with  new  partners, helps build an effective governance structure for the NRC.
  • Assist in further start-up activities, responsible for community development including; relationships with survivors, Elders and First Nations, Metis, Inuit and non-status communities.
  • Responsible for the day-to-day operations of Centre including; development of  department’s budget, strategic plan, hiring, development of staff, managing staff performance, communications programs, providing leadership to staff to ensure coordinated effort towards the realization of the Centre’s goals and objectives, works in consultation with the NRC Head of Archives and Head of Research.

Closing date: November 15, 2013.

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