Head of Archives, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Raymond Frogner is the Head of Archives at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, the official repository of the Truth and Reconcilation Commission (TRC). NCTR holds five million historical documents concerning the history of the residential school system in Canada. The NCTR Archives also holds over 7,000 Survivor testimonies the TRC collected in public hearings in residential communities across the country. In his current position Raymond has drafted policy and procedure for the preservation, access and discovery of the records the TRC acquired. In addition, he has lead the archives' project to install a content management system that can be guided by the concerns of Survivors, their relations and related communities. Raymond directly involved or directing several large scale NCTR research projects including investigating children who died or went missing while attending residential school and the question of unmarked gravesites residential schools created during their operations.
In 2019 Raymond was appointed the co-chair of the International Council on Archives (ICA) newly created Expert Group on Indigenous Matters. This is the first ICA committee created to address the archival concerns of Indigenous peoles around the world. In this position, Raymond wrote the Tandany - Adelaide Declaration. The first ICA declaration to set out the principles for a engaged and collaborative approach to the social memory of Indigenous communities and a recognition of the colonial role public archives has played in the - territorial and intellectual - dispossession of Indigenous peoples around the world.
Raymond continues to write and present on the relationship between Indigenous peoples, social memory, and public archives. His most recent presentation was through the Maskwacis College speakers series on the topic of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and public archives.