‘It is time for that to be true’
While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Kamloops on Monday, finally meeting with the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc First Nations after his fiasco over skipping the opportunity on Truth and Reconciliation Day, Sept. 30, he told media that all requested documentation Ottawa has on residential schools had been turned over to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) in Winnipeg. The centre aims to be the First Nations’ archive for the history and memories of residential school survivors.
Trudeau said that attendance records for the Kamloops Indian Residential School dating back to the 1800s were just some of the documents transferred over.
The NCTR, however, noted that “at present, we are also still unable to access Indian Hospital records, federal health records, and day school records. All of these records are crucial, not only to support missing children research, but to fully and truthfully document the residential school system, the children who died in the schools, and the ongoing legacy.”
The centre ended its statement by saying “If the Prime Minister is telling all Canadians and Indigenous Peoples that the NCTR holds all records, it is time for that to be true.”