The National Network for Equitable Library Services announced Tuesday that all of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s reports on residential schools are now available online.
There are 16 volumes, almost 8,000 pages of e-text, 600 hours of audio, and 6.75 gigabytes of information.
The French and English reports can be found online at the NNELS Truth and Reconcilation Commission page at https://nnels.ca/trc.
The Daisy audio versions of the reports are produced using synthetic narration and are full-text searchable using standard Daisy readers, a press release stated.
The reports are also available in PDF format from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at http://nctr.ca/reports2.php and in print format from McGill-Queen’s University Press here.
Diana Davidson, the director of Alberta’s Public Library Services Branch, which is one of eight provincial and territorial NNELS partners, said the NNELS is proud to be make these reports available to Canadians with print disabilities.
"Conversations acknowledging our difficult pasts are crucial to building a different future. Having the report available to all readers ensures everyone can be part of the dialogue," she said in a statement.
The e-text and Daisy formats are optimized for accessibility so they can be read by people with print disabilities using a variety of tools and technologies. However, like all the TRC reports, these copies are in the public domain so anyone can download and share the files freely.