Call to Action # 75: Actions and Commitments

Catholic Church

March 1, 2022

Grouard IRS (St. Bernard’s IRS)

Grouard IRS (AKA – St. Bernard’s IRS – The Kapawe’no First Nation in northern Alberta announced the discovery of 169 potential unmarked graves on the former grounds of the St. Bernard’s IRS

January 17, 2022

Discoveries of unmarked graves at Residential Schools

Kamloops Residential School

Jan. 17, 2022: CBC – The leadership of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc hopes to identify and locate missing children believed to be buried in unmarked graves. The federal government plans to transfer more than 875,000 records through a recently signed agreement with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), the archival repository for all of the material collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Those files include the school “narrative” for Kamloops IRS, which summarizes the institution’s history, including its administration, attendance record, key events and reports of abuse.

January 20, 2022

Release of Residential School narratives

Jan. 20, 2022: CBC – The government said it did not release the documents earlier because of third-party obligations to Catholic entities, including the Sisters of St. Ann, Sisters of Charity of Providence of Western Canada, Sisters of the Presentation and La Corporation Episcopale Catholique Romaine De Prince Albert.

The 11 narratives being released to the NCTR are for the following institutions:

  • Assumption Indian Residential School (IRS)
  • Fort Vermilion IRS, Grouard IRS
  • Sturgeon Lake IRS
  • Kamloops IRS
  • Kuper Island IRS 
  • St. Mary’s IRS
  • Mistassini Hostels IRS
  • Kivalliq Hall IRS
  • Fort George Anglican (St. Phillips) IRS
  • Norway House (United) IRS

These new documents will be added to the narratives the NCTR has for 125 other residential schools. There are no narratives or surviving documents for the residential schools at Lac La Biche, Lesser Slave Lake, St. Augustine and St Joseph’s.