The national archive housing all residential school records opened its doors Tuesday.
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, at the University of Manitoba, will house millions of records collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
The records — some of which have sealed for decades — include everything from inspection reports of the schools to heartbreaking testimony from survivors detailing graphic accounts of abuse.
Grand Chief Ed John of the First Nations Summit paid tribute to former AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine during the Centre’s opening speeches.
Centre Director Ry Moran says survivors have told him they’re concerned government and church records could violate their privacy if they aren’t handled carefully.
He says that’s why the centre will be cautious about what records are publicly available at the beginning.
Commissioner Marie Wilson says there’s no rush to immediately disclose all government or church records when the testimony of survivors speaks for itself.