UAlberta to gain access to Truth and Reconciliation archives under new partnership

June 2, 2017

The University of Alberta has signed an MOU with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in Winnipeg that will give the university's researchers access to millions of documents contained in the NCTR’s archives. The Edmonton Journal reports that the archives are Canada’s largest collection of material on the residential school system. Marilyn Buffalo, Indigenous cultural adviser at the University of Alberta, says access to the archives is crucial for ensuring that future generations learn from the residential school era. “There’s always hope and as educators and elders we are always constantly building toward a better future for our future generations and that is going to take some changing of minds,” says Buffalo. “If the average Canadian could take even one course or one week to learn about this era, I think that will be a life-changing experience for everybody.” Edmonton Journal