Trigger Warning! This article covers information about the Former Residential Schools in Canada


The Government of Canada announced the launch of a new interactive mapping tool and environmental scan report of the 140 former residential schools recognized in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

These tools will make finding information about residential school more accessible. The tools also support Indigenous Data Sovereignty.

“The foundation of reconciliation is truth. People in Canada for too long have had the truth of colonialism hidden from them, harming us all, and delaying the healing that is essential to our country’s health and prosperity. This new tool will empower Survivors and communities in their journey toward healing from the pain and trauma caused by residential schools. It will also advance Indigenous Data Sovereignty and provide another tool of self-determination. Facing the past is painful but essential in the healing we must all do together,” said The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services.

The interactive map was created to allow users to visualize the location and historical context of former residential school sites. It integrates contemporary and historical aerial photos.

The Former Indian Residential Schools Environmental Scan: Status of Sites and Buildings report was developed with the collection of publicly accessible research and data to investigate the current condition, jurisdictional ownership and complexities of the former residential schools sites and buildings.

This report discusses topics that may be distressing and may bring memories of past traumatic experiences and abuse.

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.

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

To learn more about the new interactive map and environmental scan visit Indigenous Services Canada.

(Photo retrieved from the GCIndigenous Facebook)