National library group says to release remaining Residential School records

The Canadian Federation of Library Associations is calling on the federal cabinet ministers to support a full public release of remaining residential school records held by the Catholic Church and the government.

It says the federal government committed to turning over 12,000 residential school documents, after calls from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, which has archived more than five million documents and 6,000 witness statements. 

The CFLA said in a release issued Thursday that the documents are important for understanding the injustices and human rights abuses committed in the residential school system and are integral for "the achievement of justice" for Indigenous communities. The CFLA says in order for the Pope's recent visit to Canada to impact reconiliation, action must be taken to uncover the full truth of the residential school system. 

The call comes on day before National Truth and Reconiliation Day. 

 

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