Nation-to-Nation Reconciliation in Canada
    Michele Krech

    For over a century, Indigenous children in Canada were separated from their families, communities and cultures to attend government-funded, church-run residential schools, in a concerted effort to assimilate them into mainstream Canadian society.  The long history and ongoing legacy of the Indian Residential School System (IRSS) went largely unacknowledged until a formal truth-seeking process was undertaken by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRCC) between 2009 and 2015. While the Commission’s formal truth-seeking process is now complete, the journey towards its ultimate...

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    Canada schooling was "cultural genocide"

    The schooling of aboriginal children in Canada was an attempt at "cultural genocide," the nation's grand chief said Monday ahead of the release of a report detailing abuses at the church-run institutions. Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde was repeating comments made last week by Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin. Both referenced Canada pursuing a policy at the end of the 19th century of assimilating aboriginals. "It was cultural genocide," Bellegarde said. A truth and reconciliation commission is scheduled to release its findings on Tuesday after five...

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