Truth and Reconciliation Commission
The TRC is a component of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Its mandate is to inform all Canadians about what happened in Indian Residential Schools (IRS). The Commission will document the truth of survivors, families, communities and anyone personally affected by the IRS experience. This includes First Nations, Inuit and Métis former Indian Residential School students, their families, communities, the Churches, former school employees, Government and other Canadians. The Commission has a five-year mandate and is supported by a TRC Secretariat, which is a federal government department.
- The TRC will prepare a comprehensive historical record on the policies and operations of the schools and produce a report that will include recommendations to the Government of Canada concerning the IRS system and its legacy.
- The Commission will host seven national events in different regions across Canada to promote awareness and public education about the IRS system and its impacts.
- A national research centre will be established by the end of the TRC mandate that will be a permanent resource for all Canadians.
- The TRC will support community events designed by individual communities to meet their unique needs.
- The TRC will support a Commemoration Initiative that will provide funding for activities that honour and pay tribute in a permanent and lasting manner to former Indian Residential Schools students.
Truth and Reconciliation Report
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its findings and calls to action on June 2, 2015, following a six year mandate where the three Commissioners heard more than 6,750 survivor and witness statements from across the country after over a century of abuse at Indian Residential Schools. The report outlines 94 calls to action, which represent the first step toward redressing the legacy of Indian Residential Schools and advancing the process of reconciliation. See the links below to view different aspects of the report.
BRIDGES, an acronym which stands for Building Relationships Interculturally through Dialogue and Growing Engagement, is a ground-breaking three-way partnership between the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, the Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Association for Immigrant Settlement and Integration Agency that is working to “build bridges of understanding” between two growing, but often marginalized, groups in Saskatchewan: Indigenous people and Newcomers. BRIDGES seeks to move from seeing each other as problems to seeing neighbours and allies who are part of community planning and problem solving that benefits everyone.
“The concept of BRIDGES has been in the works for a number of years. It is interesting that it came about during the time of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” notes Rosenberg. “When we look at why we created BRIDGES, we can see that this program also supports the Truth and Reconciliation findings and recommendations.” More>>>