Indigenous Services Canada's response to former Indian Residential Schools

Tools and information to help Survivors, communities, and researchers access information and data about former Indian Residential Schools.

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The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line provides 24-hour crisis support to former Indian Residential School students and their families toll-free at 1-866-925-4419. You can access emotional crisis referral services, and information on how to get other health supports from the Government of Canada, through this toll-free line.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis seeking immediate emotional support can contact the Hope for Wellness Help Line toll-free at 1-855-242-3310, or by online chat at

Indian Residential Schools Environmental Scan: Report

Reporting on the location and status of the 140 former residential schools recognized in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and the 174 sites where the buildings were located.

Indian Residential Schools Interactive Map

Find residential school sites, the current status of the buildings and historical context on our new interactive map that uses publicly available datasets.

Addressing former residential school buildings and sites on reserves

Previous funding to help communities address on reserve school buildings and associated sites that were once used for residential schools.

Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program

Learn how this program provides cultural and emotional support, and mental health counselling services to Survivors of Indian Residential Schools and their families.

CIRNAC's response to former Indian Residential Schools

Bringing closure to the legacy of Indian Residential Schools lies at the heart of reconciliation between Indigenous peoples who attended these schools, their families and communities, and all Canadians.

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