Wednesday June 03, 2015

Before reconciliation Canada must understand its own history

Edmund Metatawabin, a survivor of St. Anne's Residential School in Fort Albany, Ont., remembers being shocked in an electric chair at the school.

Edmund Metatawabin, a survivor of St. Anne's Residential School in Fort Albany, Ont., remembers being shocked in an electric chair at the school. (Colin Perkel/Canadian Press/Edmund Metatawabin collection/Algoma University)

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Truth and Reconciliation Commission's long-awaited report3:46

Canada's last residential school may have finally closed its doors in 1996, but the century-old system's legacy is inescapable today. Countless lives have been affected by a hurt that is felt down through generations.

In our earlier segment, we heard from the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation commission, Justice Murray Sinclair, about the recommendations he believes Canadians need to embrace and act on, in order to truly foster a new relationship between First Nations people and the rest of the country. 

Truth and Reconciliation Findings

For their views on the report, and how to start working on that new relationship, we were joined by:

This segment was produced by Vancouver's Network Producer, Anne Penman.