The TRC began its work in 2009, with a five year mandate from the Federal Government to gather testimony from Indian residential school survivors, to host national and community events, to establish a national research centre, and to undertake public education regarding the Indian Residential School experience.
Within its public education mandate, it has established an Honorary Witness program to which high profile Indigenous and Non-Indigenous leaders were appointed to bear witness to the truth about Canada’s residential schools. The on-line “It Matters To Me” program allows anyone to share their thoughts and feelings about the residential school experience. The national research centre, which will house the TRC’s archives and records, will be located at University of Manitoba. The final report of the TRC was released in December 2015, which included 94 calls to action.