Actions and Commitments

Call to Action # 78: National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (77-78)

Missing Children Project

March 10, 2021

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Governing Circle and the University of Manitoba – announced the appointment of Stephanie Scott to the position of Executive Director. Under Scott’s leadership, the NCTR will launch groundbreaking digitization and research initiatives. Among these efforts will be Phase two of the Missing Children Project, a $6 million Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grant to develop a searchable database, and planning for a new archives building.

New developments at the NCTR include a brand-new accessible website, which displays multiple resources to create necessary educational programs to move the country forward in its enactment of the TRC’s calls to action. The NCTR has also successfully installed and tested its new content management system. Over 12 million digital objects have been successfully migrated with descriptions for long-term preservation.

The NCTR is reimaging what its archives can be, and do, as it undertakes an ambitious project to restructure and decolonize its data, thanks to funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Innovation Fund.

The Missing Children Project, which is funded by Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC), will create a research team to review the NCTR’s archival holdings. The purpose is to help identify the many children who lost their lives at a Residential School.