The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, created as part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, is seeking nominations for commissioners. One chairperson and two commissioners will oversee the commission, a job that includes visiting communities and ensuring that the terms of the settlement agreement are carried out. The commission encourages “persons of recognized integrity, stature, and respect” to apply before the nomination deadline, August 14. Details of the nomination process are available here.
The revised Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement was approved in March 2007, a result of negotiations between the Government of Canada, counsel for residential school survivors, church entities, the Assembly of First Nations and other aboriginal organizations. Former students of residential schools may choose to opt out before August 20, 2007. When the agreement is implemented, the Canadian government will begin to accept applications for the Common Experience Payment and the Individual Assessment Process. Visit the official court website for more information.
Between 1820 and 1969, the Anglican church administered 26 of 80 residential schools in Canada. Since 1969, they have worked to establish partnerships with aboriginal peoples, most recently by supporting the healing and reconciliation processes of residential schools survivors.
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