The Current

Before reconciliation Canada must understand its own history

The TRC report lays the groundwork for a relationship but education is still needed from the rest of Canada. Reconciliation depends on all Canadians believing injustices against First Nations have had lasting and profound negative impact. Now how do we move forward?
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)

Truth and Reconciliation Commission's long-awaited report

7 years ago
Duration 3:47
The CBC's Connie Walker examines the testimony of those who suffered in Canada's residential schools

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.