So that students, faculty and staff can take advantage of this opportunity to develop a better understanding of the effects of the Indian Residential School System that operated in Canada from 1875 – 1996. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission event taking place all day at the Pacific Coliseum.
Be there! – BC National Event on September 18th, 2013
Where: Pacific National Exhibition and Agrodome (entire PNE grounds)
What: Opening ceremony, public and private testimonials, film viewing, educational sessions, archival displays and vender offerings
When: September 18th, 8am to 5pm
More information can be found on the Reconciliation Canada website.
Purpose of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
The Indian Residential School system operated in Canada from 1875-1996. For much of this history they forcibly removed Aboriginal children as young as five years old from their families for relocation to distant schools. Often children did not return for many years, and many did not return at all: the mortality rates in some schools at times were over 50%. Students routinely experienced many forms of abuse, including physical, psychological, and sexual abuse, and the effects on survivors of the schools and their home communities were profound. Many returning students had difficulty reintegrating into their communities and passed the abusive behaviours they experienced on to subsequent generations. Even today many communities are working continuously to recover from these effects and from others, such as the loss of language and cultural continuity, that this system produced.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was established in 2008 in a settlement agreement that derived from the largest class-action suit in Canadian history. The Commission’s mandate is to gather testimony from survivors, gather materials documenting the schools and policies that produced them, and establish means to further educate and inform Canadians about the schools, their history, and their effects, with the intent of contributing to a reconciliation between Aboriginal people and wider Canadian society. The mandate of the Commission expires in 2014.
As part of its operations, the TRC conducts events in communities and urban centres throughout the country, gathering survivor testimony and developing public awareness. The last TRC National Event on the west coast will be held in Vancouver on September 18-21, 2013 (the final closing ceremony will be later in Ottawa). For more events and details, visit the Reconciliation Canada website.
What’s happening on Campus:
Visit the UBC IRSI – Our Truth website to read all about campus events and initiatives.
What’s happening around Vancouver:
- The Mayor and City Council voted unanimously to proclaim June 21, 2013 to June 20, 2014 as a Year of Reconciliation in Vancouver.
- Lighting the Fire of Reconciliation, September 16th, 8am Ambleside Beach, a sacred fire to symbolize the commencement of Reconciliation week Vancouver
- All Nation Canoe Gathering, September 17th, 9am to 1pm, False Creek by Science World. Paddlers will start from Kits Point to the Olympic Village
- Walk for Reconciliation – Sept 22 – Downtown Vancouver – Register Online
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