Justice Murray Sinclair, the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which examined Canada's Indian Residential Schools, was the featured speaker for this year's Woodrow Lloyd lecture at the University of Regina.
Sinclair spoke to a packed auditorium Wednesday night.
In his remarks, Sinclair noted that every society has an obligation to help children answer four important questions:
- Where do I come from?
- Where am I going?
- Why am I here?
- Who am I?
"The ability to answer those questions has been impaired by the experience of residential schools," Sinclair said.
Sinclair added that the education system outside of Indian Residential Schools also left a negative legacy.
"We also must acknowledge that it has also impaired the ability of non-aboriginal children, the way that our school system has educated us about aboriginal people or about the history of this country," Sinclair said.
He noted that what children are taught in schools today about First Nations and treaties is often met with resistance by parents at home.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report and recommendations in December.