The Shingwauk Residential School Centre (SRSC) in Sault Ste Marie is teaming up with the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) at the University of British Columbia.
The two entities will be collaborating on community engagement and research projects to share data and information in an effort to make records more accessible and usable for residential school survivors and communities.
The Memorandum of Understanding signed between Shingwauk and the IRSHDC will allow the centres to share digital records and expertise to create opportunities and co-develop resources for education and community engagement.
“The SRSC is delighted to be partnering with the IRSHDC to increase access to information about the history of Residential Schools,” shared SRSC Researcher and Curator Krista McCraken. “By leveraging the strengths of our organizations, this partnership will further our commitment to sharing and teaching about the history of Residential Schools.”
Both organizations research, collect, preserve and display the history of residential schools across Canada by working with survivors, church entities, educators and Indigenous communities.
“Through this partnership with Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, we can ensure that knowledge and understanding of Survivors, and their experiences and voices, are heard across the country,” says IRSHDC Academic Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe. “The SRSC has accomplished important work focusing on Survivors and this collaboration truly embodies several of the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, particularly for libraries, archives and museums – to collaborate at the national level.”