Truth and Reconciliation

For the past six years, the testimony of Indian residential school survivors revealed the horrible truth of what happened to tens of thousands of children from the 1820s to 1996 when the last school closed – a period directly affecting seven generations. Today, the legacy of residential schools continues to mar the lives of Indigenous peoples in Canada through the high numbers of Indigenous children in care, shortened life spans, and high rates of violence.

The six year mandate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) is coming to an end. Closing events in Ottawa, May 31 to June 3, will help all who live in this land look back over the past six years of truth telling by Indian residential school survivors and truth listening by churches, government and all who call this place home. All are welcome.

There is an urgent need for reconciliation in this land. Now it is time to take action towards a new relationship. Participate in the building of a new and reconciling relationship through learning, listening, and acting. Here are some resources to support the work of reconciliation:

22 Days of prayer and renewal in Anglican commitments to reconciliation
Time for Reconciliation, KAIROS
Truth and Reconciliation Commission Canada (TRC) closing events