Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples

The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) was established by Order in Council on August 26, 1991, and it submitted in October 1996 the Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. The RCAP was mandated to investigate and propose solutions to the challenges affecting the relationship between Aboriginal peoples (First Nations, Inuit, Métis Nation), the Canadian government and Canadian society as a whole.

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This database provides access to documents, such as intervenor project submissions, publications, research reports and hearing transcripts that supported the writing of the report of the RCAP.

The database is keyword searchable and filterable by:

  • Document type
  • Public hearing date
  • Place

Note: Documents submitted to the RCAP reflect the original language used in the documents. There are many items available in the database in both official languages, English and French. However, a significant portion of the collection exists in English only.

Search help

How to refine your search in the result page

Search by:

As a federated search engine, “Collection Search” allow users to search multiple collections available to the public at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) from one starting point. Besides the advanced search, you can refine your search results is by using the facets (also called filters) found in the left-hand menu of the results page.

Facets can be selected or deselected. The results list will adjust itself to your actions. If you select a specific facet, other options within the same tab will no longer be visible. You will see a red “X” next to the facet selected. To remove or deselect this facet, you just need to click on the “X”. You will then be able to see the other options for the tab again.

Basic facets let you define your search based on elements common to all records in “Collection Search”:

Found in

This facet lets you choose which subject to explore based on the datasets that contain results generated by the keywords you used. If you select the tab “Genealogy”, you will see the broader subjects of interest (e.g. “Military”, “Census”, etc.). In the case of the “Archives” tab, you will see the datasets containing your keywords (e.g. “Fonds and Collection”, “Orders-in-Council”, etc.).


You will see the decades corresponding to the search results. Click on a decade to see a list of results by year.

Type of material

This facet will list the type of format available. For example, if you are interested in videos, select “moving images”. If you want to concentrate on written documents, click on the option “Textual material”.

Hierarchical level

This facet will indicate the number of results per level of archival classification (fonds, sous-fonds, series, sub-series, files, items, component, etc.).


This facet lets you choose records available online.


This facet can limit your results to records coming from a government archival fonds or a private source.

Specific facets

You will notice that some datasets have unique facets to provide a better search experience. For example, under census records you will find facets for province, district and sub-districts. These might be the key to your research, so it’s a very good idea to watch out for them!

Interpret the search results page

The search results page displays the following fields:

  • Item Number
  • Title
  • Document Type
  • Language

Item page

Depending on what details are in the actual document, the item page will include some, but not all, of the following fields:

  • Title [Actual title of the document]
  • Author(s) [Author(s) of the document]
  • Theme
  • Project Area
  • Public Hearing Date
  • Place
  • Item Number [Reference number used in the database]
  • Reference [RCAP reference number used by the RCAP]

Note: Abbreviated titles have been used in the drop-down menu for Project Area. Please see the following list for the complete titles. 

Short TitleFull Title

Employment and Economic Development

Aboriginal Employment and Economic Development in Natural Resources Industries

Land, Resource and Environment

Land, Resource and Environment Regimes

Canada's Fiduciary Obligations

Canada's Fiduciary Obligations to Aboriginal People

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