Legacy of residential schools hits Twitter with #MyReconciliationIncludes

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

Final Truth and Reconciliation Commission events spark outpouring on Twitter

Former Olympic athlete Clara Hughes tweeted: "Can you see the love and connection made when being inducted as an Honorary Witness?"

Two days before the final event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission began in Ottawa on May 31, the hashtag #MyReconciliationIncludes took off on Twitter.

From grassroots activists to celebrities to non-indigenous people, users tweeted out what reconciliation looks like to them — and they are still tweeting today.

On Tuesday, the TRC released a 360-plus page executive summary with 94 recommendations. It comes after the commission travelled the country, listening to six years of testimony from nearly 7,000 witnesses. The report provides stories from survivors, including tales of children taken from parents, siblings separated and abuse and neglect at residential schools.

Visual artist Christi Belcourt began the hashtag with: 

It didn't take long before others began using Belcourt's hashtag to share what reconciliation looks like to them.

Even Justice Murray Sinclair, the chair of the TRC, tweeted about his personal reconciliation view.

Others acknowledged that the Inuit and Métis have been left out of the TRC process.

People talked about who and what the reconciliation process includes.

And the non-indigenous community responded.

There were also several pleas to never forget the legacy of residential schools in Canada.

What does your reconciliation look like? Tweet us at CBC_Aboriginal with the #MyReconciliationIncludes.


Kim Wheeler is an Anishinabe/Mohawk. She is a writer and an award-winning producer living in Winnipeg. Her work on the CBC radio series ReVision Quest garnered a New York Festival silver medal and two ImagineNative awards. Wheeler currently works as an associate producer for the CBC Aboriginal Digital Unit and Unreserved on CBC Radio One.