Indian Residential Schools


The Web site deals with topics that may cause trauma invoked by memories of past abuse. The Government of Canada recognizes the need for safety measures to minimize the risk associated with triggering.

A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former Residential School students. You can access emotional and crisis referral services. You can also get information on how to get other health supports from the Government of Canada.

Please call the Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419 if you or someone you know is triggered while reading the content on this web site.

Key Milestones

Learn more about the history of Indian Residential Schools, as well as key milestones leading up to the present day, by visiting our online visual presentation.

Apply today for your Personal Credit of up to $3000 for educational, language or cultural programs.

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Individuals who received a Common Experience Payment for attending an Indian Residential School are eligible for up to $3000 in Personal Credits for education programs and services at universities, colleges, trade or training schools or community-based language and culture programs. Personal Credits can be used by an eligible recipient, shared with up to two family members or pooled for group education services. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2014. Help with completing the Personal Credits Acknowledgment Form is available.

Find out more at Indian Residential Schools Settlement or by phone:

  1. Main information line: 1-866-343-1858
  2. Assembly of First Nations: 1-866-869-6789
  3. Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Iqaluit: 1-888-646-0006
  4. Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Inuvik: 1-867-777-7092
  5. Makivik Corporation, Quebec: 1-418-522-2224


As per the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the deadline to apply for the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) and for Common Experience Payment (CEP) under exceptional circumstances was September 19, 2012. The deadline has now passed.

Former students who have already applied to CEP can obtain more information about their application by calling 1-866-565-4526.

IAP applicants can call 1-866-879-4913 for more information.

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