Truth and Reconcilation Commission of Canada

The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement was established as a result of several cases brought to court by residential school survivors, in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations and Inuit organizations, against the federal government and churches of Canada (TRC, 2015). Under this agreement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was established, and given $60 million over five years in order to learn about the truth about residential schools in order to inform future policy within Canada. Using records and stories of survivors by residential schools, as well as their families and communities that were affected, the TRC established a national research centre, and released a comprehensive public report outlining the historical record of residential school policies and operations, with strong recommendations that targeted the institutions across Canada to work towards reconciliation and healing.

In June 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released a report “Honoring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future.” Among this report was a “call to action” which set out 94 recommendations directed to the various institutions and government within Canada to work towards healing. Among these recommendations, 7 were specific to the health care sector.

To learn more about the TRC findings and its calls to action, see: http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=890

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