"The fourth national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), held in Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, [21-24 June 2012], was not just about the survivors. It was also about their children and grandchildren, said TRC Commissioner, Mr. Justice Murray Sinclair. 'The intergenerational survivors need a chance to have their voices heard' he said, pointing out that over a 130-year period, the schools affected seven generations, causing 'a lot of damage to individuals, families and communities. It may take another seven generations to achieve that state of balance that the schools took away' he added. All Canadians must understand the legacy of the schools and take responsibility for this national disgrace, said Sinclair. 'This is not an Indian problem; this is a Canadian problem. Saskatchewan has one of Canada's highest number of survivors of the residential school system -- some 30,000 First Nation and Metis people have applied for compensation under the class-action settlement agreement". [Text of virtually all the article.]
"The loss of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, which is winding down operations this spring , is 'tremendous', according to Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). In an interview with the 'Anglican Journal', Justice Sinclair warned that residential school survivors 'are literally without the capacity to continue the healing work that they've started' The loss, he explained, has resulted in 'further anger, further distress, and further alienation of survivors and their families towards the government" (p. 1, 8). "Last year , the federal government decided that funding for the foundation would not be renewed after March 31, 2010" (p. 8). "The foundation, which is aboriginal-managed, was established in 1998 and provided with a one-time grant of $350 million by the federal government as part an action plan aimed at renewing Canada's relationship with its aboriginal people. Since then, the foundation has funded 134 community-based healing initiatives" (p. 8).
"Canadians need to get involved in the reconciliation process, according to Justice Murray Sinclair, because the legacy of the residential schools is 'a Canadian problem'." Justice Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, "said the TRC has asked all parties to the [residential] schools agreement to dig deeper into the issue of reconciliation by asking them, 'What is it that you want to attain by doing this ? What's the nature of the relationship that you want to have with the other party, to the reconciliation process ?' Marlene Brent Castellano, a Mohawk of the Bay of Quinte and professor emeritus at Trent University in Peterborough, Ont., said achieving recognition of aboriginal rights is essential if individual, community and societal healing and reconciliation is to take place". "Supreme Court Justice Ian Binnie said the reconciliation of aboriginal and non-aboriginal people is the biggest problem facing the country and yet, it is not an issue that's on the radar of most Canadians". "While he said he is heartened that many First Nations people have moved away from the concept of 'apartness' reconciliation should allow for room 'in our constitution, our legal system and our culture, for aboriginal people to be original', said Binnie".
"The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) will consult churches, aboriginal groups and government representatives on how best to involve Canadians in documenting the 150-year old legacy of Indian residential schools". "'Regaining the momentum will be easier than regaining the goodwill', said Mr. Sinclair, underscoring the need for the TRC to re-energize not just parties to the agreement, but also the Canadian public." "On July 16 , representatives of national churches, aboriginal groups and the federal government gathered at the Museum of Civilization in Gatinea, Que., for a welcoming ceremony for the new commissioners. Archbishop Terence Finlay, the Anglican Church of Canada's special envoy on residential schools, described the ceremony as 'a very holy moment'."
"Bernard Valcourt, minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, has announced that his office is working out the details of an agreement that will allow the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) to extend the commission's term until June 30, 2015. The additional time will allow the TRC to complete its mandate. Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the TRC, told the 'Anglican Journal' that the extension was necessary but explained that it was because the federal government had refused to provide the relevant documents from Library and Archives Canada until a court ordered it to do so. The work that remains for the TRC includes setting up the National Research Centre, analyzing documents and receiving survivor statements". [Text of entire article.]
"The first national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) achieved 'remarkable acts of reconciliation', according to Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the TRC. Sinclair expressed satisfaction that it had been a 'special, excellent start'. He also told the crowd gathered for closing ceremonies at the Oodena Celebration Circle of The Forks, a national historic site in Winnipeg: 'We know that this journey is far from complete'. More than 1,000 residential school survivors spoke privately to TRC statement-takers and in some cases, at sharing circles witnessed by the public. More than 40,000 people took part in various activities during the event." The Primate, the Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, attended the event and "listened to former students share their residential school experiences. 'I felt so ashamed', he said. The church has not paid enough attention to 'repentance for the wrongs we've done', he said, and to issues around 'inherent racism that still exists in Canadian society and in the church'." Justice Murray "Sinclair thanked the Anglican, United, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic churches, which took part in the event. 'They have not only persevered in supporting this commission as we go about our work, they have contributed generously to a fund to establish the travel arrangements so that many of you could be here', he said". The General Synod Archives was present at the event with resources about the schools. Article includes a photo with caption: "Laurel Parson, assistant archivist of the Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod, looks on as a residential school survivor searches through residential school photographs."