The SSHRC-funded Embodying Empathy project is a multidisciplinary critical and creative project that is using emerging digital technology to construct a virtual Canadian Indian Residential School in partnership with Survivors, Indigenous commemorative and educational agencies, archivists, scholars, and technology experts.  The project is community-based and collaborative, with questions of ethics, trauma and accessibility considered in the consultation process.

Over the past four years, Electric Monk Media has participated as an industry partner, working with the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and the English Media Lab at the University of Manitoba to help build and test prototypes of the IRS.  Development is ongoing and production is expected to begin in 2018.