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"It can start with a knock on the door one morning. It is the local Indian agent, or the parish priest, or, perhaps, a Mounted Police officer." So began the school experience of many Indigenous children in Canada for more than a hundred years, and so begins the history of residential schools prepared by the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). Between 2008 and 2015, the TRC provided opportunities for individuals, families, and communities to share their experiences of residential schools and released several reports based on 7000 survivor statements and five million documents from government, churches, and schools, as well as a solid grounding in secondary sources.
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A Knock on the Door, published in collaboration with the National Research Centre for Truth & Reconciliation, gathers material from the several reports the TRC has produced to present the essential history and legacy of residential schools in a concise and accessible package.
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Survivor and former National Chief of the Assembly First Nations, Phil Fontaine, provides a Foreword, and an Afterword by Aimee Craft introduces the holdings and opportunities of the National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation, home to the archive of recordings, and documents collected by the TRC.
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Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Off-reservation boarding schools -- Canada -- History.
Indians, Treatment of -- Canada -- History -- 20th century.
Indians of North America -- Education -- Canada -- History.
Indians of North America -- Canada -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Truth commissions -- Canada.
Native peoples -- Canada -- Residential schools.
Native peoples -- Canada -- History.
Native peoples -- Canada -- Social conditions.
Native peoples -- Canada -- Government relations.
Indians of North America -- Education. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst00969714
Indians of North America -- Social conditions. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst00969904
Indians, Treatment of. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst00970120
Off-reservation boarding schools. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01043978
Truth commissions. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01158251
Canada. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01204310