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Indian Residential School

(formerly the Provincial Residential School Project)

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The Role of the RCMP

The specific role of the RCMP is to investigate complaints of physical and sexual abuse that occurred at Native Indian Residential Schools in British Columbia. The officers are trained investigators knowledgeable of cultural issues and wherever possible, sensitive to the unique needs of former residential school students. The officer who takes the statement offers information concerning victim services and ensures that the individual gives consent before their name is provided to the Residential School Project. This is what the process looks like:

The investigation can take a long time because the RCMP have to identify and locate offenders and any witnesses. As well, they have to look through many records and archives which can take a lot of time. The individual will always be notified by the officer who took the original statement if a change in status occurs (i.e. if offender is dead or if charges are not laid).

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