Community Events

In addition to seven National Events, *Community Events offer another way for people to contribute to and be part of the truth and reconciliation process. These events can take any form, as long as they reflect the wishes of community members, making each community event unique.

The Community Events are an opportunity for people to share their Residential School experience with the TRC Commissioners and/or a statement gatherer. Communities also have a chance to offer gestures of reconciliation that represent community members and to showcase the ways in which they have begun the work of reconciliation. The Community events can also be a means to educate the public and foster better relationships with other local communities. At the request of the community, the events can involve church, former employees and government officials, as well.

To date the TRC has participated in Community Events in such communities as Deroche and Tofino, British Columbia, Sioux Lookout, Ontario and Red Deer,  Alberta.

Although funding for Community Events is limited, all communities are welcome and encouraged to create events and undertake activities that contribute to the truth and reconciliation process.

Preparing for a community event involves many things. Survivors need the time to collect their thoughts and prepare themselves to share their residential school experience. The TRC also wants to help promote your community event by letting people know well in advance where and when an event is planned. Travel and scheduling are also a factor in the planning process. Because of this, we recommend that you submit your community event proposal 12 weeks prior to the date of the event. To find out more, click to download the Community Events Guide.




*Visit our TRC in the Community page to see where the Commission will be in the coming months