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The PM was expected to ask the pontiff to issue a formal apology in Canada for the role of the Catholic Church in the residential school system.
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It has been a month since Beyak stood on the floor of the Senate to make her outrageous comments about the "good" parts of the residential school system. Part of me wants to thank Beyak for making it so clear that there is much work to be done to expose truth and ensure reconciliation. But Beyak doesn't have to stay in the Senate for me to do that.
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This conversation might be new to you, but it's always been relevant and ongoing, and it's often a reaction of something your people have caused. It's often complicated by outsider intrusion and historical erasure.
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Joseph Boyden, author of The Orenda, is a figurehead in native literature and was recently scrutinized for his lack of proof concerning his native roots. The questions his identity raises are interesting and necessary, but if he's unwilling to have those conversations publicly, he's holding up progress.
It has been a year since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report, "Honouring the Truth, Reconciling the Future." It seemed like we finally had a government in Ottawa ready to listen and act. In the year since, we have seen the listening. Now we need to see the action.
The results show that Canadians still have a long way to go, said Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations.
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"I cannot say that I am satisfied with the way things are going."
Survivors have the right to see their stories archived if they wish.
Aboriginal communities are increasingly advocating interest-based negotiations as a critical tool in processes designed to reconcile differences and achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. Seven core concepts are critical to effective interest-based negotiations including relationships, communication, interests, options, legitimacy, alternatives and commitment.
Trent University will offer an indigenous bachelor of education degree program.
As Canadians grapple with the legacy of residential schools, Jean Marie River is trying to commemorate the fact it doesn't have to.
“We’re at the very front end of a renaissance of indigenous culture here in this province."
John Kioke told the boys in the dorm that he was going home. Like the other children, he had been taken from his parents the previous fall. Staying with his family hadn't been an option. If he hadn't been compliant the police would have been sent to forcibly take him away to St. Anne's Residential School in Fort Albany. But John Kioke was traumatized by life at the residential school. He wanted to see his mother. He was going to run away to see his parents in Attawapiskat. But their village was 100 kilometres north where the Attawapiskat River flowed into James Bay. He was only 14 years old.
Commissioner Marie Wilson said the centre's goal is to further reconciliation — something that "can't happen in sealed vaults."
Premiers also made a dig at Stephen Harper, saying the prime minister's long-standing absence at the meetings isn't helpful.
While many Canadians are cautiously optimistic that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a valuable process, they are rather skeptical about whether their government will take meaningful action...
A Shuswap elder says it's important for people to understand how residential schools, the Sixties Scoop and the Indian Act affected First Nations, and resulted in intergenerational trauma.
Seven years ago today, the Prime Minister stood in the House of Commons and delivered a poignant apology to the survivors of residential schools. The apology means nothing if all Canadians do not understand the history behind it. The Prime Minister has refused to deal with appalling gaps in health, education and economic outcomes, nor the deplorable living conditions in many aboriginal communities.
"They're just hiding all the stuff what happened to the aboriginal people."
Local First Nations leaders are appalled by the news that the federal Department of Aboriginal Affairs did not spend $1 billion of its budget. Documents obtained by the CBC show the Department of Abo...
Federal Conservatives have suggested they will reject calls from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) for both a public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women and Canada's impleme...
On September 13, 1976, I became one of the "Disappeared" in Argentina's Dirty War and I became a witness and a voice for those who could no longer speak. The search for truth, justice and memory can be a painful one and it is never easy work but I have seen the rewards. This is why I passionately believe in the work of The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The reparations of relations between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples need allies. Allies that support and respect differing worldviews. This is about nation building.
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Reconciliation is to come together, understand each other, and move forward with a new and better relationship. It may start with ringing a bell or planting a garden, but there is a long road to walk ahead.
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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission into Indian residential schools has travelled the country for five years now, collecting first-hand evidence of the trauma experienced and the legacy left behin...
EDMONTON - Catholic bishops in Alberta and the Northwest Territories have apologized for abuse that aboriginal children suffered in residential schools.Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith said Monday th...
To accept and use money from these companies is outrageous. It is an obvious contradiction: How can the organizers promote reconciliation while giving Big Oil companies a pass when those same companies are directly involved in damaging Indigenous ways of life? This was the exact purpose of Residential Schools. The Residential School system had sought (among many things) to displace Indigenous peoples from our homelands; yet again, these companies are seeking to displace our peoples from our homelands to reap the benefit at our expense.
VANCOUVER - Hundreds of people in First Nations canoes, dragon boats, kayaks and other vessels have paddled down Vancouver's False Creek to mark the start of Reconciliation Week in B.C.Everyone was in...
The residential school system constituted an assault on aboriginal children, families and culture, and Canadians have been denied a full and proper education about aboriginal societies, according to a...