November 22, 2011

Winnipeg, MB - The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) today posted the Call for Submissions to host the National Research Centre on residential schools.

The establishment of the National Research Centre (NRC) will help to create the infrastructure that will house the permanent record of the residential school system in Canada.

The NRC will be a permanent resource to educate all Canadians on what happened within the residential schools. It will be accessible to former students, their families and communities, the general public, researchers and educators.

The entity selected to host the NRC will be responsible for the preservation of one of Canada’s largest collections of oral history. The host will work with the Commission to preserve and archive millions of records including Survivor statements, documents, photos and other digital records imaged from Government and Church archives alongside materials created and received during the Commission’s work.

"When the work of the Commission is complete, we will ensure the whole world hears the truth about residential schools, so that generations to come – Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians alike – will hold to the statement that resonates with all of us: This must never happen again," says Justice Murray Sinclair, TRC Chair.

Through the Call for Submissions, the Commission will ensure that a National Memory is preserved and recognized for future generations of all Canadians.

The deadline for Submissions is February 16, 2012.


A copy of the Call for Submissions can be downloaded here.

To view the webcasts from the Sharing Truth – Creating a National Research Centre on Residential Schools National Research Forum in March 2011 visit the Forum website.


If you have questions about the submission application please contact Laver Simard, TRC Contracting Specialist at 204-984-7622 or email

Media please contact Nancy Pine at 613-947-4647 office, 613-316-5654 cell, or email

Questions (Q&As):


As previously indicated, enquiries were received until 4:00 p.m. CT on Friday February 3, 2012.

As the Call for Submissions closes on February 16, 2012, enquiries will no longer be answered.

Download most up-to-date PDF version of Q & As (UPDATED FEBRUARY 8, 2012)

Download the transcript from the December 1 'Applicants Briefing' teleconference

Download the updated transcript from the December 1 'Applicants Briefing' teleconference

Download the minutes from the January 11 teleconference

Reference: Request for Extension

A number of institutions have written to the Commission requesting an extension of the deadline for submitting applications on the NRC. The Commission has sent a reply letter indicating that there will not be an extension on the “Submission Deadline” of February 16, 2012. All other terms and conditions of the application process remain the same.