Library and Archives Canada is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples through a new digitization initiative. Established in 1991, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) travelled across Canada documenting the issues and challenges facing Indigenous Canadians and their communities. Over its six-year mandate, RCAP amassed thousands of hours of recorded testimony and hundreds of thousands of pages of documents, culminating in the publication of the 1996 RCAP final report complete with a series of recommendations for a renewed relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada.
Following the conclusion of the Commission, the entire RCAP archive was transferred to Library and Archives Canada (LAC). To date, access to this collection has only been available through on-site consultation at LAC’s Ottawa location and through the submission of requests for reproductions.
LAC’s new searchable database of select RCAP records was launched on November 3, 2016 at the Sharing the Land, Sharing a Future National Forum which marked the 20th anniversary of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. The database contains transcripts of more than 175 days of hearings; nearly 200 research reports; more than 100 submissions from tribal councils, organizations and interest groups; as well as RCAP publications and the final report.
The RCAP database can be accessed at: