Digital Residential Narratives Project

Making the history of residential schools available through digital technologies.


June 13, 2014

The application is currently being re-designed to account for critiques provided by users. Once again, thank you our users for providing this very helpful feedback.

Nov 26, 2013

Despite a lack of presence here, RNMobile is still very much under active development. Version 1.3 is nearing completion and should be available soon. There's also a Twitter account for the project now (see here).

Sept 21, 2013

RNMobile has been updated to version 1.2. The news version is available through Google Play for Android devices and Apple is in the process of reviewing it for distribution in the Apple App Store.

Sept 9, 2013

RNWeb has been updated to look more like RNMobile.

August 14, 2013

RNWeb has just been updated to version 1.1. This release is largely a simplifcation of the interface. This simplifcation has also creeped over into the main page, unifying the pages around a common theme - simple interfaces with a menu button.

August 7, 2013

RNMobile 1.1.1 was just approved by Apple and is now available in the App Store for iOS devices.

August 4, 2013

RNMobile has been updated to version 1.1.1 for both Android and iOS. The major changes here are cosmetic - the app is now much more minimalist in design. The Android version is currently available through Google Play and the iOS version is currently being reviewed by Apple and should be available in a few days.

August 2, 2013

RNMobile and RNWeb 1.0 have been officially released for testing, exploration, and learning. Feel free to use the download links above or visit your favourite app stores to download the application. Note: The application is still under active development. Although the app is thought to be bug-free, errors may occur. Feel free to use the contact functionality in the app to make suggestions or report errors.


Project Goals

These applications are designed to bring into consciousness the absent history of residential schooling in Canada. By providing a vehicle through which to engage some of the complicated meanings and histories in Canada, these apps endeavour to highlight the nuances of a complicated and ongoing colonial history.

The Apps

The project is comprised of two applications designed to convey and facilitate pedagogical moments focused on the circulation of new knowledges about residential schooling.

RNMobile is the mobile application component of the project. Recognizing that student-teachers make heavy use of both mobile devices and use digital resources to learn about history despite their distrust in said resources (Corrigan, Ng-A-Fook, Levesque & Smith, 2013), we sought to create mobile tools to deliver content that could allay any concerns that students had about historical accuracy. Complementing this is the equally important goal of unsettling student perceptions of Canada's colonial history by inserting, "unhappy versions of history into the teacher education curriculum" (Tarc, 2011, p. 358).

Recognizing that mobile devices have not completely permeated the digital context in which our students live and work, we designed a complementary and feature equivalent web version of RNMobile. Entitled RSWeb, the web application serves to bring the same pedagogical content to those who have access to the Internet but perhaps not a mobile device (or a supported one). While the web application does not allow for some of the functionality intrinsic to mobile applications (pinch to zoom on pictures for example), it still provides the necessary pedagogical resources to engage in a complicated conversation about the national-colonial history.