Topic: truth and reconciliation

The arts are a powerful opening to reconciliation, but work remains, say artists

Joanna Barker, Stan Hill and Melissa Tremblett talked about art, truth and reconciliation on National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Threatened Indigenous education program 'reconciliation in action,' supporters say

An Ottawa program that immerses students in Indigenous culture is facing a funding shortfall — and unless things change, it will only be able to continue for one more school year.

Regina open forum on reconciliation aims to keep momentum going

Reconciliation Regina held an open forum discussion this week to give residents a chance to voice their questions and opinions surrounding reconciliation.

Early whistleblower on residential schools showcased in display at United Way of Winnipeg

A small exhibit in the lobby of the United Way tells the story of a doctor who sounded the alarm on the deplorable conditions in residential schools more than a century ago.

Victoria councillors pass motion to remove John A. Macdonald statue

In a 7-1 vote, Victoria city council approved a motion Thursday to have the statute temporarily removed from the front steps of city hall on Saturday.
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Is the Canadian government delivering on Truth and Reconciliation

More than two years ago the Canadian government promised to bring justice and equality to Indigenous people following the Truth and Reconciliation commission. There were 94 calls to action in the report — this CBC News exclusive progress report digs into whether the government is delivering on its promises
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Wondering how to get involved in reconciliation? Ask yourself these 5 questions

In 2015, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation was created to preserve the memory of Canada's residential school system and legacy. Located in Winnipeg, it is home to the permanent collection of statements, documents and other materials.
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Winnipeg artist sews TRC's 94 calls to action into Canadian flags

Helene Vosters A Winnipeg artist is stitching together pieces of Canada's past with an iconic symbol in hopes of creating a better future. Helene Vosters is sewing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 calls to action into 58 Canadian flags.
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Bennett: 'more children in care now than height of Residential schools'

The Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Carolyn Bennett says that the system needs to change now and the provinces and territories need to get on board.

People in Thunder Bay invited to watch premiere of Gord Downie's 'The Secret Path'

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and CBC Thunder Bay Executive Producer Michael Dick are inviting people from Thunder Bay and the surrounding area to watch CBC’s premiere broadcast of Gord Downie’s 'The Secret Path' at a free community event this Sunday.

Haida reconciliation totem pole heads to Vancouver

Haida carver Jim Hart says the giant red cedar commemorates those who lost their lives in residential schools.

Blanket exercise unfurls Indigenous history for Saskatoon leaders

The City of Saskatoon is using blankets to unfurl the history of colonization in Canada.

Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux named Lakehead University chair for truth and reconciliation

On Friday, Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux was named Lakehead University's first chair for truth and reconciliation.

B.C. allocates $2 million for First Nations repatriation efforts

The province has awarded the Royal B.C. Museum funding to develop a program with First Nations communities to return artifacts and ancestral remains to their rightful communities.

Businesses have work to do on reconciliation: TRC chair

One of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action targeted businesses, but calls to several companies operating in the North found many owners had never even heard of it.

Liberal MP Marc Serre has high hopes for new Indigenous caucus

Members of a new Indigenous caucus on Parliament Hill are planning to work directly with First Nations communities to influence legislation, according to member and Nickel Belt MP Marc Serre.

New Heritage Minute explores dark history of Indian residential schools

Making its premiere on National Aboriginal Day, Historica Canada’s newest Heritage Minute explores the dark history of Indian residential schools and their lasting effects on Indigenous people.
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Ongoing effort toward equality will help reconciliation, conference hears

True reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada will require years of ongoing effort but progress is being made, hundreds of people attending a conference on reconciliation were told Thursday.
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Ceremony will mark end of residential school survivor testimony

The room where many Indigenous residential school survivors shared their stories for the first time will close with a ceremony on Tuesday.

1 year after Truth and Reconciliation report: 'Not seeing change yet'

Murray Sinclair has largely remained silent since the Trudeau government appointed him to the Senate, but in an interview with CBC News the independent senator reflects on what's been accomplished since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's summary report was released one year ago today.

Wikwemikong students craft what reconciliation means to them

A unique opportunity to get students talking about reconciliation was too good to pass up for a high school teacher in Wikwemikong First Nation, Ont.
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Wikwemikong students craft what reconciliation means to them

Students at Wikwemikong High School are taking part in a program called Craft Reconciliation, where they discuss the topic with non-First Nations students and craft what it looks like to them.
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'It means so much,' says Commissioner Marie Wilson

Calgary's 2016 Peace Prize goes to the three members of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Truth and Reconciliation Commission honoured with Calgary Peace Prize

Three individuals who led the charge in learning and documenting the truth about Canada's residential schools will be honoured with the 2016 Calgary Peace Prize Thursday night.

Stories of residential school abuse can be shredded after 15 years, court says

Survivors of Canada's notorious residential school system have the right to see their stories archived if they wish, but their accounts must otherwise be destroyed in 15 years, Ontario's top court ruled in a split decision Monday.

Buffy Sainte-Marie asks 'Where are the women?' among 2016 Juno nominees

Polaris Prize-winner Sainte-Marie, who has been nominated for three 2016 Junos, says we shouldn't expect the industry awards "to be fair, or free of influence."

Truth and Reconciliation chair Murray Sinclair in Regina

Murray Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, spoke in Regina Wednesday.

Canadian Canoe Museum brings its 'most effervescent canoe' to Calgary

Historian James Raffan brings a prized historic artifact made of pure silver along with a message of unity to Fort Calgary this Saturday.

Dark history of Canada's First Nations pass system uncovered in documentary

The pass system is a troubling piece of Canadian policy put in place in 1885 to control the movements of First Nation people, and enforced until the 1940s.

Human rights tribunal ruling should prompt overhaul of funding formula, says prof

The federal government must adopt a band-specific system if it wants to stop discriminating against First Nations children and families, says Linda Many Guns, University of Lethbridge professor.

Wikwemikong First Nation school taking part in Craft Reconciliation challenge

A new challenge has been issued for First Nations and non-First Nations students to discuss reconciliation in a creative way — through the computer game Minecraft.
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Grand Chief Patrick Madahbee reacts to Truth and Reconciliation report

Yesterday, the final report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was released. Anishinabek Nation Grand Chief Patrick Madahbee discusses the report and what should happen next.

Truth and Reconciliation chair says final report marks start of 'new era'

Justice Murray Sinclair says the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission marks the end of the commission's mandate and the start of a "new era" in relations between indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission final report points to 'growing crisis' for indigenous youth

There is a "growing crisis" of indigenous youth in Canada's prison and child welfare systems, says the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission obtained by CBC News.

Jesuit school outrages indigenous leader, Winnipeg school board chair

Two prominent voices are speaking out against Gonzaga Middle School, a private Jesuit school set to open in Winnipeg's inner city next fall.

Indigenous Innovation Summit puts positive spin on social change

The first-ever Indigenous Innovation Summit, organized by the National Association of Friendship Centres, wants to connect indigenous innovators with each other and the non-indigenous community.

​Deadline looms in class action suit on behalf of residential school day students

Time is running out for First Nations across Canada to join a class action lawsuit seeking compensation for aboriginal students who attended a residential school but did not live there.

Fate of heart-wrenching residential school abuse stories hangs in balance

The question of what to do with records of deeply personal, often heart-wrenching testimony from thousands of survivors of Indian residential schools who sought compensation for sexual and other abuse lands on the doorstep of Ontario's top court this week.

Stories of reconciliation at Vancouver public library

Sharon Shorty is the 2015 Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence at the Vancouver Public Library.

10 books about residential schools to read with your kids

More and more children will be reading stories about the legacy of residential schools and reconciliation in the classroom this year.
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Women fast to raise awareness about kids in child welfare system

Six women are going without food or water to raise awareness about the number of children in Manitoba's child welfare system

First Nations that were home to residential schools included in new class action

Residential school survivors who were left out of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement now have another chance to receive compensation from the federal government.
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Former RCMP officer seeks healing from residential school guilt

A former RCMP officer says he boxed away his feelings after his experience taking two children from their family in Fort Smith, N.W.T., and off to residential school. Fifty years later, he sought help from an aboriginal healing program.

Indigenous languages in Canada can and should be made official, expert says

Making all 60 Indigenous languages in Canada official, along with English and French, is entirely doable, according to a University of Victoria expert.
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Was there smoke? One man asks why he didn't know about residential schools

About halfway through reading the Truth and Reconciliation report I was reminded of a story I read once. It was about the allied soldiers when they liberated Auschwitz.

1st-ever Aboriginal Educators' Symposium underway in Yellowknife

Provincial and territorial ministers of education are in Yellowknife today to discuss the strengthening of aboriginal education in Canada, in the first-ever Aboriginal Educators' Symposium.

Churches face challenge in TRC call to value aboriginal spirituality

Northern and aboriginal leaders from the three of the churches involved with residential schools say there's been some progress, but recognizing indigenous spirituality as equal to Christian worship will be a challenge for the church.

New UBC nursing curriculum aims to teach respectful care of First Nations patients

Nursing experts at UBC's Okanagan campus hope a new curriculum will help a new generation of students deliver culturally respectful treatment to First Nations patients.

Crowd-sourced video project aims to make TRC report more accessible

Dozens of indigenous and non-indigenous people from across Canada have lent their voices to a digital archive of the truth and reconciliation report, in a series of 68 videos and shared online using the hashtag #ReadTheTRCReport.

Paige's story highlights need for action on reconciliation, says activist

A community activist says improving fragmented child welfare services should be a part of putting reconciliation into action.

Kelowna Cathedral tolling bell 1,122 times for missing and murdered women

The church bells at the Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All Angels in Kelowna, B.C. will toll 1,122 times on Sunday to commemorate every missing and murdered aboriginal woman in Canada.

Ontario lawyer responds to misconduct allegations from residential school survivors

A lawyer from Kenora, Ont., under investigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada, says all of his residential school clients received their full entitlement.

Thunder Bay's National Aboriginal Day ceremonies to honour men

National Aboriginal Day in Thunder Bay will hold special significance this year after the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report, organizers say.

Ontario lawyer accused of misconduct on residential school claims

A lawyer from Kenora, Ont., is alleged to have transferred thousands of dollars from residential school clients to himself.

Nenshi says renaming Langevin Bridge an appropriate symbolic gesture

Mayor Naheed Nenshi says he is looking into the idea of renaming the Langevin Bridge over its link to residential schools. He said Calgary should do what it can to support a national reconciliation effort with Canada's aboriginal people

Manitoba residential school survivor, teacher reunite after 50 years

Residential school survivor Merle Scatch reunited with her former teacher, Verna Kirkness last week after having not seen each other for 50 years.

Manitoba adoptees', birth parents' identities revealed under new legislation

The search is over for thousands of Manitoba adoptees and birthparents, who now have access to each others' identities. Access to identity information now brings closure to some, but unanswered questions remain for others.
Opinion

Term cultural genocide 'carries weight' in the classroom, teacher says

When commission chair Justice Murray Sinclair used the term cultural genocide to characterize what happened in the schools, I felt a sense of victory and hope because now I can call it what it is.

Prince George councillor wants to acknowledge First Nations history by renaming civic park

The city of Prince George could be renaming its main civic park to recognize a troubled past with a local First Nations community.
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Cultural genocide label for residential schools has no legal implications, expert says

The concept of cultural genocide dates back to when the word genocide was coined in 1944, but the words are not included in international law. Here's a look at the debate on adding it and defining it.

Stephen Harper urged to seek apology from Pope on residential schools

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will have an opportunity to follow up on one of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Thursday, when he has a face-to-face audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Court fight continues for St. Anne's residential school survivors

Survivors of a residential school in Fort Albany, Ont., were back in court Tuesday continuing their legal battle over documents relating to a 1990s criminal investigation into abuse at the school.

Ontario teachers need more training on aboriginal issues: report

Public school teachers in Ontario are not receiving enough training on aboriginal issues, according to a new report released Monday.

Langevin Bridge petition requests name change over residential school link

A Calgary woman has started an on-line petition to rename the Langevin Bridge in Calgary because bridge namesake Hector-Louis Langevin was one of the architects of the residential school system.
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Once a weapon, education is now key to reconciliation

Everything changed for me the moment I walked into the entrance of Brantford’s Mohawk Institute Residential School called the Mush Hole by its survivors.

Kathleen Wynne calls federal response to TRC study 'disappointing'

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is calling the federal government's response to recommendations from a six-year study of Canada's residential schools legacy 'disappointing.'

Truth and Reconciliation Commission findings must be acted upon, aboriginal student says

A B.C aboriginal university student says it is essential all Canadians read and understand the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission because it is the only way Canada can move forward as a united country.
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Some residential school survivors still waiting to tell their stories

Unreserved's host Rosanna Deerchild was approached and asked to tell one survivor's story. "And so I held her hand, the feather between us and told her, 'Yes, I will listen. I will tell your story," she said.

Truth and reconciliation: Looking back on a landmark week for Canada

Over six years the Truth and Reconciliation Commission colleced 6,740 statements from witnesses and recorded 1,355 hours of testimony. It all culminated in 94 recommendations presented in Ottawa this week amidst four days of events and ceremonies attended by thousands.
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Buffy Sainte-Marie

Musician and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie sits down with Wendy Mesley to talk about the need for a new deal for Canada's First Nations.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall promises top-level meeting over TRC recommendations

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall issued a statement Friday praising the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and pledged to hold top-level meetings with First Nations leaders over its recommendations.

'Day scholar' lawsuit verdict could be a decade away

If you went to a federal day school, you may be part of a new class-action lawsuit, but don't expect to see results right away. 'It's not months or years,' says lawyer Steve Cooper. 'We're probably a decade away.'

Alberta students to learn more about impact of residential schools

The Alberta government is overhauling the school curriculum to incorporate recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to ensure students learn about the legacy of abuse.

University of Manitoba profs rebuke anti-TRC editorial by colleagues

Some University of Manitoba professors are speaking out against two colleagues, criticizing an editorial they wrote in the National Post.

CMHR waiting for residential school system to be labelled 'genocide'

As the Truth and Reconciliation Commission came to a close Tuesday, people across Canada started wondering whether the countries institutions will start to recognize residential schools as a form of "cultural genocide."
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Unreserved June 6

We delve into Truth and Reconciliation. Find out how one of the recommendations is already in action in one Winnipeg high school. Plus A Tribe Called Red's Bear Witness' brand new art exhibition in Saskatoon.
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Damage of residential schools revealed through tears of 3 macho men

​I​ first heard about Indian residential schools 3​3​ years ago​, and​ I have a unique experience to share that I hope might convince others that even the strongest of the strong will always have difficulty coping with what happened to them in the past.
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Truth and Reconciliation Report | Rex Murphy

Point of View: "This should be not an election issue, but the election issue," says Rex.
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More inappropriate Senate expenses | At Issue

The At Issue panel discusses the latest in the Senate expense story and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Residential school 'day scholars' can launch class-action lawsuit: court

Hundreds of First Nations' people left out of residential-school compensation will be allowed to collectively sue the federal government for their mistreatment.

Truth and Reconciliation: What does it mean to Northerners?

As the Truth and Reconciliation Commission concluded on Wednesday, N.W.T. residents reacted to the legacy of residential schools, with some preaching hope and remembrance, and others saying it's time to 'get over it.'
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Residential school history already being taught in northern Ontario

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is calling on the government to ensure that the history of residential schools is taught to students of all ages across Canada — but it's already happening at some schools in northern Ontario.

Philippe Couillard agrees with term 'cultural genocide' to describe residential schools

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says he agrees with the use of the term "cultural genocide" to refer to Canada's residential school system.

Legacy of residential schools on display at Calgary shelter says director

The director of Calgary's largest homeless shelter for families says the legacy of residential schools is right outside her office door — mothers, fathers and kids who have no place to call home.

Church bells toll for MMIW at end of Truth and Reconciliation report

Anglican church bells tolled across Canada Wednesday for every missing and murdered indigenous woman in an echo of Justice Murray Sinclair's recommendation Tuesday that Canada hold a national inquiry into the nearly 1,200 cases.

Métis excluded from closing ceremony of TRC

Representatives from First Nation, Inuit and indigenous women's groups take part in closing ceremony of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Métis leader calls exclusion of his people, "inexcusable and demoralizing."

Three TRC recommendations done in Manitoba, more promised

Manitoba has taken action on three of 34 recommendations made in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report that pertain directly to the government of Manitoba, according to provincial officials.
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Words matter when talking TRC, says AFN chief

Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, asks why the government won't use the terms "cultural genocide" or "survivors" when talking about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Pope should visit Canada but not to apologize for residential schools: Archbishop

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls on the Pope to apologize for residential schools but the Archbishop of Winnipeg says the Pope already 'expressed sorrow' to Indigenous leaders in 2009.

Labrador excluded from benefits of TRC report, school survivor says

A residential school survivor from Labrador and an aboriginal leader are criticizing the Canadian government in the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's summary report and findings.

Education 'only way forward,' says Gov. Gen. David Johnston as TRC ends

Governor General David Johnston spoke to a packed, emotional room inside Rideau Hall Wednesday, marking the ceremonial end of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Residential school survivors share memories after TRC report

Diane Bossum was six years old when she was taken from her parents. "There was nobody to come and hug me. We didn't receive love at the residential schools."

Justice Murray Sinclair reflects on TRC report, recommendations

Justice Murray Sinclair reflects on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as the closing ceremonies start Wednesday in Ottawa.

Residential school survivors call for action

A former residential school student in northeastern Ontario says true reconciliation relies on what comes next.
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Residential school survivor from Mashteuiatsh shares her story

Diane Bosum is a former student at the La Tuque Indian Residential School who testified at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Its report was released this week, detailing the experiences of thousands of children across Canada.

Justice Murray Sinclair calls for change in child welfare system

The thousands of children in provincial child welfare systems are the focus of five of Justice Murray Sinclair's 94 recommendations in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report into the residential school system and its legacy.

Legacy of residential schools hits Twitter with #MyReconciliationIncludes

Twitter users are speaking up about what they want in their reconciliation process.

Nova Scotians gather for release of Truth and Reconciliation report

In Halifax, people gathered at the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre to watch and react to the release of the Truth and Reconciliation report.

Stephen Harper defends aboriginal affairs record in wake of residential schools report

Prime Minister Stephen Harper spent much of Tuesday’s question period defending his government’s work on aboriginal affairs as the opposition challenged him on the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
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TRC marchers walk along Portage Avenue

Marchers walk along Portage Avenue to Thunderbird House , where a feast and pipe ceremony will be held