Published on December 09, 2015
FILE PHOTO: P.E.I.'s Mi'kmaq chiefs met with Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett during a special Assembly of First Nations meeting in Gatineau, Que. on Dec. 8. From left: Chief Matilda Ramjattan of Lennox Island First Nation, Bennett and Chief Brian Francis of Abegweit First Nation.
Published on December 15, 2015
Residential school survivor Eugene Arcand holds up a picture of his classmates at a residential school as he speaks at the release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation commission, Tuesday, December 15, 2015 in Ottawa.
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Justice Sinclair says entire country must be in journey to reconciliation between aboriginals, non-aboriginals
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is all about action into the future, say the chiefs of P.E.I.’s two Mi’kmaq governments.
The recommendations from the commission were released in June and Tuesday the full report was released.
It was the end of a six-year odyssey that chronicled decades of suffering and tragedy in thousands of pages of testimony from victims of the residential school system.
Chaired by Justice Murray Sinclair, the report contains 94 recommendations aimed at addressing the impacts of the government policies on Canada’s Aboriginal people.
The recommendations within the report were released on June 2nd.
“We are pleased to see the new Federal Government’s commitment to act on these recommendations and begin the process of rebuilding the relationship between our country and our Aboriginal people,” said Chief Brian Francis of Abegweit First Nation.
“As we stated in June, the Commission has shown us a path forward. As a country, we must take that path.”
“The TRC report is a call to action. We must act now to honour the victims of the residential school era,” said Chief Matilda Ramjattan of Lennox Island First Nation. “I continue to have hope that with real action and support from governments, we can restore our people and culture. Only with that can we move forward and heal our country.”
It was a sentiment forming a key element of the final report.
Sinclair said the entire country must join a journey to reconciliation between aboriginals and non-aboriginals.
Justice Murray Sinclair says the entire country must join a journey to reconciliation between aboriginals and non-aboriginals.