Report on residential school survivors signals action on P.E.I.

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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.

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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.

Organizations: Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Geographic location: OTTAWA

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  • wayne k
    December 16, 2015 - 12:40

    This info is not covered much but it has been mentioned that the average "settlements" are $100,000 and due to more than expected number may total between 5 to 10 BILLION dollars. Much like Japanese [and Italian] internment's during WW2 and blacks in Halifax's Africaville residential schools also being compensated. Keep in mind that education was included as part of deal in treaties way back. Pope has issued an apology as well??? but what with lawyers sensing a gravy-train it has gotten very expensive too date.

  • rick
    December 16, 2015 - 06:27

    I find it interesting that in all the coverage of this topic, not once is it mentioned that this initiative was started by Prime Minister Harper. I find this omission , and that Trudeau is taking all the credit, small minded and mean. Considering the image being created of the fine ethics, almost sainthood of the aboriginal people, this omission of credit where credit is due, is mean-spirited and disappointing .