A National Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support to former students. Access the 24-Hour Crisis Line at: 1-866-925-4419
The National Student Memorial Register Book represents yet another starting place on our collective journey of honouring and remembering the children lost to the residential school system. The print version of the book is free for family members of the children.
To receive a print copy, contact us.
The development of this memorial register is the result of more than a decade of work by countless people and the advice, guidance and blessings from Survivors, Elders and Knowledge Keepers. A National Residential School Crisis Line has also been set up to provide support to former students.
This current version of the book has been updated with new names and corrected spellings that communities and families provided to the NCTR up to February 28, 2021.
View an up-to-date list here.
The printed version of the memorial register will be updated annually. It will include updates up to September 30th of each year and the book will be printed and available in November of that year.
Before bringing the first memorial register into this book form we sought the advice, guidance and blessings of Elders, Survivors and Knowledge Keepers at the National Gathering of Elders. The Elders and Knowledge Keepers performed the ceremony to help the children listed within this register find their way home.
The Elders emphasized all nations, customs and traditions must be respected in honouring these children. Following the direction provided at the National Gathering of Elders, this book is available to assist and enable further ceremonies in traditional territories.
This book represents yet another starting place on our collective journey of honouring and remembering the children lost to the residential school system. There are still more children to be found.
Please contact us to add a child’s name you know should be represented in the National Student Memorial Register.
NCTR’s spirit name – bezhig miigwan, meaning “one feather”.
Bezhig miigwan calls upon us to see each Survivor coming to the NCTR as a single eagle feather and to show those Survivors the same respect and attention an eagle feather deserves. It also teaches we are all in this together — we are all one, connected, and it is vital to work together to achieve reconciliation.