Records and research support

The Centre facilitates access to records and information on the Indian Residential School System in Canada. No appointment is needed to browse the collections or to see the current exhibition. 

If you are a Survivor or a family member of a Survivor and you are looking for records, testimonies or other information on schools or records from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and/or other collections, we can help you.

Visiting the Centre can be an emotional experience, particularly when looking for specific records. Therefore, Survivors and their family members are strongly encouraged to make an appointment for research or health support during their visit.

Supports available

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre building is designed for respite and for supporting Survivors, Intergenerational Survivors and their families. The Elders Lounge is available for viewing records in private, for cultural and health support or to spend time with family and friends. 

Connected to the outside space and to the territory, there are quiet spaces inside and outside of the building to rest and to take time for yourself. Everyone – whether a visitor or Survivor – will explore, access and interact with records and resources at the Centre in different ways. The Centre supports the wellbeing and learning potential for all visitors. 

Centre staff can help with finding additional records not available to the public, requesting personal documents from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, or facilitate access to additional materials at other institutions such as local community archives, museums and libraries.

We know this research can be difficult and we are here to support you. Contact irshdc.reference@ubc.ca with questions and to make an appointment. 


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Find Day School Settlement and Claims information

There is new information for Survivors on the Day School Settlement Agreement, including claims forms and updated deadlines.

Find information on Indian Hospitals class action

The class-action lawsuit filed against the federal government was certified on January 22, 2020. Find information on the Statement of Claim and how to be involved.