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Animikii had the honour of drafting and designing a report to share the inspiring journey of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. To kick off the project, we conducted one-on-one interviews with the staff at NCTR, which we then used to inspire the report. We didn’t want the report to be just another document, we wanted to reflect that the NCTR and Reconciliation in Canada is an ongoing and living thing that we must work at every single day. By interviewing the people closest to the organization, including their then Director Ry Moran, we were given a unique insight into the past, present, and future of Reconciliation not only in Canada but across the world.
For over 150 years, residential schools operated in Canada. Over 150,000 children attended these schools. Many never returned. Often underfunded and overcrowded, these schools were used as a tool of assimilation by the Canadian state and churches. Thousands of students suffered physical and sexual abuse. All suffered from loneliness and a longing to be home with their families. The damages inflicted by these schools continue to this day. In 2009, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada began a multi-year process to listen to Survivors, communities and others affected by the Residential School system. The resulting collection of statements, documents and other materials now forms the heart of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.