"That’s my Auntie"

Community-Guided Residential School History


  • Krista McCracken Algoma University
  • Skylee-Storm Hogan Know History




archives, residential schools, Indigenous communities, Indigenous knowledge


The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada called for increased access to archival material documenting the history of Residential Schools. What does this access and associated programming look like? How can archives approach sharing Residential School history in an ethical and culturally appropriate way? This project report provides examples of reciprocal approaches to archival work by drawing on a case study of the community-guided work undertaken by the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA) and the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC).


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How to Cite

McCracken, Krista, and Skylee-Storm Hogan. 2021. “‘That’s My Auntie’: Community-Guided Residential School History”. KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies 5 (1). https://doi.org/10.18357/kula.134.

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