• Full Time
  • Toronto
  • August 14, 2022

Website General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canad

The General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada is seeking;

Title: Archives Research Assistant – Truth and Reconciliation project
Pay: $22.50 / hour
12-week contract – 35 hours / week
Location: Downtown Toronto near Yonge / Bloor subway station – 80 Hayden Street

The Project is funded by the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada as a gesture of reconciliation in accordance with the Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission  Report. This position will be reconciling the archival records of students who died at residential schools with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation’s Memorial List.

All applicants are invited to apply for this position; however, applicants who are Indigenous or in Indigenous studies programs seeking research or archival experience will be given priority. This work could be emotionally difficult for many applicants. This position will be covered by our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and limited funds will be provided for additional counselling or other support, if required.


Under the supervision of the General Synod Archivist the Archives Research Assistant will:

Cemetery Project

  • Review the CEP Research files and the Guides to the Holdings of the Archives to determine which schools had chapels, cemeteries, and burial records.
  • Use the Cemeteries Information Template to record the information.
  • Contact the diocesan archives if necessary to fill in the gaps for cemetery site plans and current ownership of cemeteries.

National List of Students buried at the residential schools

  • Review the GS Archives list of students who died against the NCTR Memorial List.  List the students who need to be researched.
  • Make a database template in Excel for all dioceses to make contributions to the burial list.
  • Review finding aids of microfilmed parish registers to see if there are burial registers that may be relevant to residential school students.  Ask the related dioceses if they will be doing the search for buried students or will they grant permission to have the registers reviewed by GSA contract staff.
  • Follow through on the research, recording the students found in the burial registers, parish journals, service registers, and CEP research files.

Historical Context Research

  1. Assist the Project Lead for the Indigenous Historical Project in researching related topics and organizations
  2. Review, analyze, scan, and summarize assigned document files.

This position conducts reviews of Anglican Church residential school records, parish records, and related historical document files.  The focus of the project is to identify students who died at Anglican run residential schools, to discover the burial information, and to make a list to share with the Anglican Indigenous communities.  The historical research is to provide historical context to understand the past injustice and support steps in the journey of reconciliation.

This position may be of special interest to candidates with an Indigenous background seeking to gain experience researching and working in an archives.

This position will largely be carried out at our office in downtown Toronto. Candidates will be supplied with our safety plan and will be expected to maintain safe distancing, wear masks and other actions to preserve a healthy workplace.

Key Responsibilities

  • Retrieve records
  • Review, analyze, identify and describe relevant records
  • Complete metadata entry in Archives Excel database
  • Count documents and maintain research statistics

Skills and Experience

  • Organized, detail-focused and understands confidentiality and privacy
  • Numerical, written and analytical skills
  • Work independently and seek assistance when needed
  • Experience working with documents in an archival context is an asset
  • Experience with MS Word, Excel, databases
  • Lifting library and archival materials up to 25 lbs
  • Preference will be shown for applicants who are Indigenous or who are involved with Indigenous studies or programs

How to Apply
Interested applicants are invited to submit their resume.

Please quote the job title Archives Research Assistant to:

Human Resources
E-mail: [email protected]

  • Closing Date: Sunday, August 14, 2022 – Midnight
  • Start: Monday, September 26, 2022

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Anglican Church of Canada is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code. If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please direct the request to the email address as noted: [email protected]

To apply for this job email your details to apply@national.anglican.ca