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- National Research Centre Bid Committee
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In 2007, the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement required that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) establish a National Research Centre (NRC) to continue to inform Canadians about the Residential School system and assist in a process of reconcilliation. The NRC
is to house: thousands of hours of video- and-audio recorded survivor statements; millions of archival documents and photographs the TRC has collected from the Government of Canada and Canadian church entities including,the United Church, Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church and Anglican Church;
works of art, artifacts and other "expressions of reconciliation" presented at TRC events; lastly, all records pertaining to the research and activities undergone by the TRC over the life of its five-year mandate.
Beginning in 2009, the NRC Bid Committee at the University of Manitoba developed a proposal spanning over two years with a team of scholars, students and staff, many of whom have family members who are survivors, working together as allies on campus. The proposal, "National Research Centre on Indian Residential Schools" was submitted to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by the University of Manitoba on February 16th, 2012. The proposal includes: a vision; 'who we are'; aboriginal support; a governance model; archival expertise and facilities; privacy and access; technical excellence and interactivity; employment and education; commemoration; public engagement; proximity to Aboriginal population; accessibility; financial stability; timeline and a conclusion.
The NRC Bid Committee included: Co-Chair Dr. Laara Fitznor (Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation), education professor; Co-Chair Dr. Jean Friesen, history professor; Deborah Young (Cree), executive lead for Indigenous achievement; Dr. Marlene Atleo (Ahousaht First Nation member), education professor; Dr. Greg Bak, professor in the master's program in archival studies, history department; Prof. Karen Busby, law professor and academic director, Centre for Human Rights Research; Camille Callison (Tahltan), Indigenous services librarian, assisted in the final stages of drafting the submission after joining the University of Manitoba in January 2012. Callison brings her experience in organizing, preserving and providing access to traditional knowledge; Helen Fallding, manager of the Centre for Human Rights Research; Dr. Rainey Gaywish (Cree-Anishinabe), a program director in Aboriginal Focus and Access Programs; Dr. Kiera Ladner (Cree), Canada Research Chair in Indigenous politics and governance; Dr. Tom Nesmith, professor in the master's program in archival studies, history department; Dr. Fred Shore (Metis), Native studies professor; Kali Storm (Anishinaabe/Metis), director of the Aboriginal Student Centre; Dr. Shelley Sweeney, head of Archives & Special Collections, the Libraries; Professor Wendy Whitecloud(Sioux Valley Dakota Nation), law.
On National Aboriginal Day, June 21st 2013 the National Research Centre Signing Ceremony took place at the University of Manitoba. This event was to recognize the University of Manitoba as the permanent host of the NRC to house the video- and- audio recorded statements, records and other materials gathered by the TRC over its five -year mandate. Since the acceptance of the Univeristy of Manitoba as the home of the NRC, the NRC bid committee has achieved its goal and has since disbanded and donated their records to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.