Conducting research on these topics may be difficult and upsetting. The following counselling resources are available:
Contact Archives and Special Collections to arrange a lecture or workshop for your class on primary source research processes and how to read archival descriptions. Classes can be designed around your assignment.
This Intro to Archival research slide deck provides an overview of how to do primary source research, how to read archival descriptions, and where to get expert advice on campus. This primary source research activity includes links to online primary source materials to interact with: Listen to a woman talk about her experience as a Shingwauk Residential School Survivor and look at images from St. John's Indian Residential School. Included are a series of prompts to think about the legacy of residential schools.
The Library & Archives Canada guide Conducting Research on Residential Schools will help researchers navigate the records of the Indian and Inuit Affairs Program, where the bulk of the records related to Residential Schools are located, in Record Group (RG) 10.