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National archives to digitize, transfer 6 million pages of Indian day school records, official says – CBC

Aug 04, 2023

Department head Leslie Weir says 3-year timeline for digitization is doable

Canada’s national archives is working to identify, digitize and transfer six million pages of federal Indian day school records to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), the department head says.

That kind of paper would fill multiple tractor trailers to the brim, said Leslie Weir, librarian and archivist of Canada, who hopes to finish the work in three years time.

“We’re quite confident that we can get the six million pages digitized within the time frame,” she said.

“We’ve already done more than 90,000 pages.”

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