Truth and Reconciliation announces details for first National Event

December 11, 2009
For Immediate Release:

Toronto - The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), with Commissioners Marie Wilson and Chief Wilton Littlechild, today announced that the TRC’s first national event will commence in Winnipeg on June 16, 2010.  It will run to June 19, 2010. The event will take place at the Forks, an historical gathering place for Aboriginal people.

The Winnipeg event is the first of seven national events the TRC will hold over the next five years. Subsequent events will take place in Alberta, British Columbia, the Maritimes, Northern Canada, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.

In the coming weeks, the TRC will be releasing information as to how people, especially former residential school students, can participate in this historical event.

TRC Chair Justice Murray Sinclair said “this event is a first for former Indian Residential School students, and a first for Canada. My fellow Commissioners and I have made a commitment to former students that we will hear from as many of them as we are logistically and humanly able to."

The date and location were selected, in part, on the basis of a recommendation by the Indian Residential Schools Survivor Committee (the advisory committee to the TRC established pursuant to the Settlement Agreement). The Survivor Committee will assist in determining dates and locations for future national events.

The national events are part of the TRC mandate and are intended to engage and educate the Canadian public about the Indian Residential School system. They will honour those whose lives were touched by residential schools and give those individuals an opportunity to present statements to the TRC. They will also celebrate regional diversity.

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Contact:
Rod Carleton
Media Relations
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Telephone/Telephone: (613) 992-8195
Cell/Cellulaire: (613) 325-6724
rod.carleton@trc.ca