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Sinclair issues challenge to help heal pain of schools
November 12, 2014
Justice Murray Sinclair, the head of a commission investigating the excesses of Indian Residential Schools, said on Thursday that a fundamental change in attitudes and recognition of the past were vital to heal the harm and alienation inflicted by more than a century of mistreatment.
Willie Littlechild inducted into Alberta Order of Excellence
October 16, 2014
Wilton “Willie” Littlechild of Maskwacis was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence on October 15, 2014, in a special ceremony held at the Government House in Edmonton. The Alberta Order of Excellence is the highest honour the Province of Alberta can bestow on a citizen.
Orenda author Joseph Boyden on new residential school ballet
Septemer 25, 2014
Award-winning author Joseph Boyden joins Jian to discuss his collaboration with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet on Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation, a ballet that explores the experiences of Indian Residential School Survivors and their families.
Kimberly Murray to Receive the 2014 Guthrie Award
Septemer 17, 2014
The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to announce that the 2014 Guthrie Award will be presented to Kimberly Murray. During two decades of outstanding public service as a lawyer, educator, and community leader, Ms. Murray has consistently demonstrated exceptional commitment to improving access to justice for Aboriginal Peoples.
Court Ruling on Disposition of IAP Records Released
August 9, 2014
On Wednesday August 6, 2014, Justice Paul Perell of the Ontario Superior Court delivered his judgment on the disposition of Independent Assessment Process (IAP) records. The Court ordered that the records be preserved for a period of fifteen years, to permit Survivors to make decisions about the preservation of their IAP records. Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Justice Murray Sinclair responded to the decision: ``The Court has recognized that Survivors should have the choice about whether their IAP records are destroyed. The Commission argued before Justice Perell that the informed consent of Survivors is essential. We look forward to working with the parties to develop a comprehensive and effective notice program as directed by the Court. A meaningful notice program will ensure that all Survivors are permitted to make informed decisions about whether their experiences should be preserved for history.``
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TRC mourns the loss of Alvin Dixon
July 21, 2014
It is with heavy hearts that the Commissioners send their condolences to the family of Alvin Dixon. The TRC learned that Alvin passed away in the afternoon of Sunday July 20th 2014. Alvin’s spirit will be greatly missed. For those of us involved in the work of truth and reconciliation, Alvin is a recognized leader. He worked on behalf of Survivors with the Indian Residential School Survivors Society of BC and played a key leadership role in the United Church of Canada’s Residential School Steering Committee, which he chaired for 9 years. A Heiltsuk Elder, and a Survivor of the Alberni Indian Residential School, Alvin fearlessly sought justice for all Survivors of the Residential School System. In doing so, he brought wisdom, an unwavering directness with a quick mind and wit – which we will always remember and forever be grateful for having known him.
STATEMENT BY THE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION OF CANADA
June 20, 2014
Yesterday, Mr. Dan Shapiro, the Chief Adjudicator of the Independent Assessment Process (IAP), issued a statement calling for the destruction of all records related to claims of abuse suffered by students at Indian Residential Schools in Canada.
THE GOVERNMENT OF YUKON ISSUES A MINISTERIAL STATEMENT ON THE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION
May 15, 2014
Health and Social Services Minister Doug Graham has issued a statement on the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in Yukon.
TRC SEEKS ACCESS TO POLICE FILES ON ST. ANNE’S RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL
December 16, 2013
The TRC will seek direction from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice Dec. 17, 2013 to determine its entitlement to Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) files relating to criminal investigations of abuse at St. Anne’s Residential School in Fort Albany, ON.
The TRC’s court filing relates to a five-year OPP investigation (1992-1997) of serious sexual and physical abuse at St. Anne’s, an investigation which resulted in Criminal Code convictions. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET in Courtroom #4 at Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice is the Supervising Court for the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.
TRC PAYS TRIBUTE TO NELSON MANDELA
December 6, 2013
The memory of Nelson Mandela belongs to everyone who aspires to truth and reconciliation.
The patience that he taught had nothing to do with accepting the unacceptable. It had everything to do with determination and principle, everything to do with commitment to justice in the long term.
As Commissioners of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, we continue to be moved by the courage and wisdom of both Madiba, and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission that came into existence through him. Our understanding of the purpose and value of truth-telling, of reconciliation itself, owe a great deal to them both.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa was tasked with exposing and healing wounds sustained over centuries of inequity between the Indigenous black peoples of South Africa and the settlers who dominated them. The parallels with our own mandate – to inform all Canadians about the Indian Residential Schools and their devastating legacy; to guide and inspire a process of reconciliation based on trust and renewed relationships – are obvious.
We are deeply grateful that Madiba’s vision of reconciliation lives on despite his passing.
Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair
Chief Wilton Littlechild
Dr. Marie Wilson
TRC Mandate extended to June 30, 2015
November 14, 2013
Aboriginal Affairs Minister announces extension to TRC mandate.
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City of Toronto Proclaims Year of Reconciliation - November 12, 2013
From Remembrance to Reconciliation - November 12, 2013
Nearly 5,000 students took part in the BCNE Education Day.
October 1, 2013
Share your Truth - TRC will be in Lethbridge, Alberta on October 9-10, 2013.
August 14, 2013
TRC hearing will be held at the Lethbridge Lodge Hotel and Convention Centre, 320 Scenic Drive on October 9-10, 2013.
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TRC thanks chief coroners, chief medical examiners for commitment to help research deaths of Aboriginal children at residential schools
Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), expressed gratitude today to Canada’s provincial and territorial chief coroners and chief medical examiners for their unanimous commitment to support the Missing Children Project. Read more
SHARE YOUR TRUTH - TRC Announces Regional Hearings in Saskatchewan
In preparation for the Saskatchewan National Event from June 21-24, 2012 in Saskatoon, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) will host 12 Community Hearings. Read more
TRC Announces Call for Submissions to Host National Research Centre
Winnipeg, MB - The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) today posted the Call for Submissions to host the National Research Centre on residential schools. Read more
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TRC ANNOUNCES ATLANTIC HEARINGS
In preparation for the Atlantic National Event from October 26-29 in Halifax, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) will host its first of six Atlantic Hearings at Government House in Fredericton on Thursday September 8, 2011. Read more
A Message from Justice Murray Sinclair on
Charlie Hunter Being Laid to Rest in His Home Community
The TRC is pleased to share this day when Charlie Hunter returns home. While there is an aura of celebration to this day, we also recognize that this is a day founded on the tragedy of a lost child and of parents left without the right to grieve properly. For that reason we express our condolences and best wishes to Charlie's parents and brothers and children.
When Charlie tragically died at residential school at the age of 13 in 1974, neither the school nor the government did the right thing. Read more
Commission Marks the Passing of Jack Layton
The Commissioners extend their condolences to the family and friends of the Honourable Jack Layton, Leader of the Opposition who passed away this morning. Mr. Layton was instrumental in bringing about the Statement of Apology issued by the Government of Canada to residential school survivors in June 2008. His contribution was recognized in the apology issued by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who stated:
“For the past year and a half, he has spoken to me with regularity and great conviction on the need for this apology. His advice, given across party lines and in confidence, has been persuasive and has been greatly appreciated.”
Such leadership on reconciliation will be missed.
First Air Crash Mourned
It is with great sadness that we are following the news of the tragic crash of Flight 6560 in Resolute Bay, Nunavut. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was recently in Inuvik for its second National Event. Residential school survivors from across the North, including Resolute Bay, traveled great distances to attend this event. We know that a tragedy of this magnitude affects every family of Resolute Bay, as well as friends and family throughout the northern region, and other parts of Canada. The Commission offers its sincere condolences to the families of those lost and to all residents of the North.
A message on the passing of Phillip Elanik from TRC Chair, Justice Murray Sinclair
The great Métis leader Louis Riel once said: "My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back."
Phillip was such an artist. When he danced you could sense the pride that he felt in what he was doing, and how much he was immersed in it. You could see the feeling of pride and sense the self-respect that his people felt at what he did. He was not dancing for himself. He was dancing for them. In bringing out the spirit of the dance, he brought out the spirit in all who watched. He was truly an amazing and gifted artist. Read more
Message from the Commissioners on the passing of Gordon Tootoosis
In July, Aboriginal people lost one of their heroes, the Commission lost a good friend and Residential School Survivors lost one of their own, with the death of Saskatchewan actor Gordon Tootoosis.
Early in our mandate, Gordon had an opportunity to meet with us and tell us of his support for our work. He spoke of the possibilities of including the acting community in performing works dedicated to Residential School Survivors. He accepted an invitation to host one of the artistic evenings for the Commission at the TRC’s Winnipeg National Event in June 2010, and the Commission was looking forward to including him in our plans for the upcoming Saskatchewan National Event. We are saddened at his loss.
The Commissioners wish to extend their condolences to Gordon’s family.
Honourary Witnesses Named at The Northern National Event
The TRC welcomed key individuals from four continents who will serve as witnesses. Honourary Witnesses are called upon to be the keepers of history when an event of historic significance occurs.
The Northern National Event in Inuvik saw the naming of six Honourary Witnesses: Chief Ed John (Grand Chief, First Nations Summit of BC; North American Representative for the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues), Shelagh Rogers, OC (Host, The Next Chapter, CBC Radio), Robbie Waisman (Jewish Holocaust Survivor), Francisco Cali Tzay (Vice Chairperson, Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, United Nations), John Dommett (Chief Executive Officer, Connecting Home Ltd), Refik Hodzic (Communications Director, International Center for Transitional Justice).
Northern Hearings Wrap Up in Whitehorse, Yukon
Spanning the North and 18 communities, the Northern Hearings saw survivors and other community members from Nunavik, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon share how Residential Schools have impacted their lives. Read more
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The TRC has just completed its second of seven National Events that it is