We will never forget. But we must not burden another generation with anger and pain.
The final national event of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission ended on the weekend in Edmonton. But as Chief Shawn Atleo says in this article, it is not the end of the process.
Sadly, it looks like the federal government is still not wholly committed. According to TRC head Justice Murray Sinclair, Health Canada will cut a program that provides emotional and mental health support to residential school survivors and their family members.
The Edmonton event began with an Education Day for primary school students. I believe that if reconciliation is going to succeed in this country, education is key to changing attitudes so aboriginal and non-aboriginal Canadians can start seeing each other as equals.
The TRC had collected approximately 12,000 statements and 4.5 million government and church documents before last weekend’s event started, reported the Edmonton Journal.