History of the Residential School System

Kaila Johnston: History of the Residential School System: From Lived Experiences to Contemporary Challenges


The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) is the home of all the documents, photographs, and statements collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Over the course of the presentation, audience members will learn about the residential school system and experience, the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA), the TRC and its activities, as well as the NCTR and current projects. The talk will conclude with a look at records available from the NCTR’s public database with discussion points on truth, reliability, and context.

Kaila Johnston is the Supervisor of Education, Outreach, and Public Programming at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR). In this role, Kaila oversees matters related to the support of educators, development of resources, establishment of outreach initiatives, as well as public engagement on residential schools and their legacy. Prior to the NCTR, Kaila worked with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as a statement gatherer and coordinator to support statement gathering activities. She holds a BA (Hons.) in Criminal Justice from the University of Winnipeg and a M.Sc. in International Crimes and Criminology from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

Kaila Johnston's talk was held on Saturday, 18 September, 2021. If you missed it, you can still watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU5WO3-tc3Y

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