uManitoba named host of TRC’s National Research Centre

July 3, 2013

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has chosen the University of Manitoba to house the National Research Centre, which will store the Commission's documents and digital files. The agreement was signed at uManitoba on June 21, National Aboriginal Day, and marks uManitoba's commitment  to continue the spirit and work of the TRC after its mandate expires next June. uManitoba has long supported reconciliation in Canada, and in 2011 president Barnard was the first Canadian university president to offer a formal apology for residential schools. The chair of the TRC noted that uManitoba’s “current and pending partnerships for this project ensure that the records of the Commission will be accessible across Canada.” The exact campus location of the Centre has not yet been determined. uManitoba News

Postscript: July 15, 2015

Manitoba has passed the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Act, recognizing the University of Manitoba as the official home for the centre. The Act will support uManitoba in its efforts to maintain and manage the records from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. “It is a prestigious honour that our province will be home to this centre,” Premier Greg Selinger said. “By passing this legislation, we enable uManitoba to take on the vital task of holding this information and ensuring the painful legacy of residential schools is not forgotten.”