module 5


Residential Schools: 

In this module we follow the creation and implementation of the Residential school system in Canada. We discuss the contemporary inter-generational trauma caused by the Residential school system and the creation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify the creation and implementation of the Residential school system in Canada.

  • List the physical and psychological trauma experienced by First Nations, Metis and Inuit children in residential schools.

  • Understand the impact of intergeneration-trauma on Indigenous communities caused by residential schools.

  • Learn from the first-hand accounts of survivors of the residential school system.

  • Learn about an International landmark settlement and the contribution of the ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission’.



Residential Schools

View the following slides before proceeding to the unit quiz.


Residential Schools

View the following video before proceeding to the unit readings. Duration: 8:11 mins.

Please allow a few moments for the video to buffer until it is ready to play.


Module Quiz

To complete Module 5: Take the quiz (4 questions)


Bonus Viewing:

Watch three short video clips about Residential Schools from survivors and the descendants of survivors from Saskatchewan.


Listen to the voices of students and young parents at First Nations University, as they share the impact of Residential Schools and the way forward to reclaim culture and languages.

Bonus viewing:

Trailer for Waniska - An Awakening of Indigenous Knowledge (Duration: 2:00 Mins.) and the upcoming Asonamatowin - A Sharing of Indigenous Knowledge - 2019 Trailer (Duration 1:00 Min.)  which features Margaret Reynolds (Residential School Survivor featured above) and other Survivors who created these films. Directed by the Elders of First Nations University and Produced by the creative team of '4 Seasons of Reconciliation' - Productions Cazabon