Planning and Research Guides

The IPIA has created a series of guides and information packets for communities who are investigating unmarked graves around residential schools. Please note that these are living documents and will be updated periodically as new information becomes available.

Community Guidelines for Unmarked Graves Resources (PDF)

Oral History Collection Guide (PDF)

Archival Materials Research Guide for Residential School Records (PDF)

Guide to Ordering Aerial Photos (PDF)

Historic Human Remains Detection Dogs Information (PDF)

GPR Community Information - Short Version (PDF)

Remote Sensing Technologies Matrix (PDF)

The Canadian Archaeological Association Working Group on Unmarked Graves has also published two comprehensive guides on investigation planning and remote sensing surveys. 

Searching for Missing Children: A Guide to Unmarked Graves Investigations (PDF)

Searching for Missing Children: A Guide to Remote Sensing Techniques (PDF)

Additional guides and information can be found at the following links: