Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commissioners Pleased With Outcome of First National Event
Monday, June 21st, 2010
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June 21, 2010
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is pleased with the outcome of its first national event in Winnipeg, despite receiving a smaller number of survivor statements than hoped.
“We are deeply grateful to those who came forward to share their experiences, and to those who opened themselves up to hear those stories and show those individuals that they no longer walk alone,” said Manitoba Justice Murray Sinclair, TRC chair.
“What we have started here is a national dialogue that sheds light on a terrible chapter in our history.
“It has been a painful experience for many, but an important first step in what will be a lengthy but vital healing process for our country.”
The national event, which ran June 16 to 19 in tents at The Forks national historic site in Winnipeg, was the first of seven national events that will take place across the country.
The events are intended to be an opportunity to educate the public about the residential school system that existed in Canada for more than 100 years, and give former students, staff and others whose lives have been affected by the experience a chance to talk about it publicly.
The goal was to help survivors heal and “close the divide between aboriginal people and the rest of Canadians,” Sinclair has said.