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As Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) had their closing events in Ottawa from May 31st to June 3d after all the hard work they did on improving public awareness about Residential Schools, they have received a lot of coverage by media, expressing concerns and hopes for what will follow.
TRC started their closing weekend with the Walk for Reconciliation that was estimated to gather from around 70,00 to 10,000 people marching from Gatineau to Ottawa’s Parliament Building. TRC have released a report on Residential schools comprised of archival information from churches, libraries and schools; as well as a Call for Action intended for general education of Canadian population on Aboriginal issues.
CKUT’s Kateryna Gordiychuk discussed the importance and consequences of events with Nakuset, who is the Executive Director of Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal and a co-Chair of Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy NETWORK. Nakuset explained why the report and further recommendations of TRC are particularly crucial to take into account, as they concern the well-being of Indigenous youth, education about Aboriginal history and providing necessary support for Residential Schools survivors.
“This is just the beginning”, – shared Nakuset in reference to the work done by TRC a few weeks ago.
Image Credit: Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal Website