Residential School Resources for Adults and Children

Residential School Resources for Adults and Children

In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. 

Indigenous Children Matter

A genocide was committed against against Indigenous people through the Indian Residential Schools (IRS) system. The harm committed continues to be felt today. My own ignorance of the extreme intergenerational trauma inflicted on Canada's Indigenous people is one that I continue to grapple with as it deeply shames me. As I continue to educate myself and publicly acknowledge my ignorance, I want to move forward teaching my own children and those around me about genocide and lasting harm committed against children who were stolen from their families and cultures. The educating I am doing within myself and with my children isn't something that needs to be done only on one day. This work must be done every single day. I am sharing a list of resources I have started to compile and will add to that you can use yourself, your children and in the classroom. 

If you have any resources you will like to see added here, please email me at and I will update the list.

Let's not be ignorant anymore. 

Orange Shirt Day Website

Truth and Reconciliation Commission 

Calgary Land Acknowledgement Resources

Treaty 7 Land Acknowledgement - Calgary Foundation

Treaty 7 Land Acknowledgement Video for Kids - Calgary Public Library

Teacher Resources

Orange Shirt Day Teacher Resources

They Came For The Children - A Teachers Resource Document via Strong Nations

Thames Valley District School Board Orange Shirt Day Resources


10 Books About Residential School To Read With Your Children via CBC

When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson and illustrated by Julie Flett

Goodreads List of Books on Residential Schools for Adults

11 Books To Teach Kids About Residential Schools via Today's Parent

Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese


Every Child Matters: Truth - Act One via National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Every Child Matters: Reconciliation - Act Two via National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Residential School Films via National Film Board

Indian Horse Trailer 


"It's Gotta Come out" - CBC News

Liberals Table Bill to Make September 30 a National Holiday - Welland Tribune

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