Library and Archives Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Web Archive

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What it is and what it contains

Library and Archives Canada's (LAC) Truth and Reconciliation Commission Web Archive provides access to archival copies of the websites of organizations connected with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), either as active partners at  national events or through initiatives to support commemoration. The collection was curated in collaboration with the University of Winnipeg Library, the University of Manitoba Libraries, and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR). It contains English- and French-language content that records the effect of the TRC on Canadian society.

This collection brings together resources that address the TRC directly, and its impact on the work of truth and reconciliation in Canadian society more generally.

Resources include:

  • TRC and NCTR websites and related documents
  • websites and media content that address the outcomes of the TRC and the legacy of residential schools
  • websites with a community focus on survivors, commemoration, healing and reconciliation
  • blogs and other personal websites that provide perspectives on the Indian Residential Schools system in Canada
  • web resources relating to the recommendations of the TRC's final report on child welfare, education, language and culture, health, and justice; and international perspectives on the TRC in Canada

While the majority of the collection was harvested at the time of the TRC's final report, LAC's TRC web archive collection is an ongoing project that continues to add new resources. The collection currently contains approximately 300 resources comprised of full or partial websites, videos, newspaper and media content, and blogs.

Background on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was established in 2008 by the Government of Canada under the terms of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. The purpose of the TRC was to:

  • reveal to Canadians the complex truth about the history and the ongoing legacy of the church-run residential schools, in a manner that fully documents the individual and collective harms perpetrated against Aboriginal peoples, and honours the resilience and courage of former students, their families, and communities; and
  • guide and inspire a process of truth and healing, leading toward reconciliation within Aboriginal families, and between Aboriginal peoples and non-Aboriginal communities, churches, governments, and Canadians generally. The process was to work to renew relationships on a basis of inclusion, mutual understanding, and respect.1

The TRC completed its work in 2015 with the release of its final report and the creation of The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, located at the University of Manitoba.

Access and search

You can access LAC's TRC web archive collection through Archive-It, at the Internet Archive.

LAC's TRC web archive collection presents English and French web resources in their original publication context; the resources can be browsed, accessed via a specific URL, and searched by keywords or by full text in the original language. The collection also employs Dublin Core descriptive metadata, including Library of Congress subject headings, resource type, theme, and a relation field to allow for directed browsing within the collection.

Official languages

Archive-It is a third-party platform with a unilingual English interface; however, it has the capacity for full text search of the web archive collection in English and French.

Please note the following:

  • Collection and resource-level descriptions, where possible, have been made available in both official languages.
  • Individual resources are described in the language in which they appear on the live web.
  • In cases where a website can be toggled to English or French, the resource has been web archived in each language version, and separate English and French descriptive records have been created.

LAC is committed to ensuring the equality of both official languages; making this collection publicly available through the Archive-It platform is a temporary measure. LAC plans to move the collection to an equivalent bilingual Government of Canada portal as soon as one is available.

Statement on copyright

The web-based resources in this collection have been selected for acquisition and preservation by LAC. As of 2004, the Library and Archives of Canada Act and the Legal Deposit of Publications Regulations permit LAC to acquire online or Internet publications and to collect a representative sample of documentary heritage material of interest to Canada that is accessible to the public without restriction through the Internet or any similar medium. For further information, please see LAC's Legal Deposit web page.

All intellectual property rights are retained by the legal copyright holders. See our Copyright restrictions for more information.

If you have questions about LAC's web archiving activities or do not want your web-based resources available through LAC's web archive portal, please email


1. Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2015, p. 23.

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