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TRU gala focuses on path to reconciliation

Storyteller's Gala features Justice Murray Sinclair
October 21, 2015 2:27 P.M.
Justice Murray Sinclair, chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. (TRC)

The judge who led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission returns to Kamloops next week to speak on the urgent need to heed its recommendations.

Justice Murray Sinclair, who served as chairman of the commission, will be part of a special Storytellers Gala at TRU on Monday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Campus Activity Centre.

The public lecture will give students, faculty, staff and community members a chance to hear first hand about the recently-released findings and calls to action.

After six years collecting data and the testimonials of residential school survivors, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its findings and calls to action in June. The six-year process of gathering evidence on residential schools resulted in a clear path to advance the process of reconciliation through 94 recommendations.

The commission’s report details that during a 150-year period, more than 150,000 First Nations, Metis and Inuit children were taken from their families and forced to attend residential schools. Many children suffered emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and others died while attending the schools.

“The cumulative impact of residential schools is a legacy of unresolved trauma passed from generation to generation and has had a profound effect on the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and other Canadians,” reads the Truth and Reconciliation website. 

It further states, “Collective efforts from all peoples are necessary to revitalize the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and Canadian society—reconciliation is the goal. It is a goal that will take the commitment of multiple generations but when it is achieved, when we have reconciliation, it will make for a better, stronger Canada.”

Hosted by the TRU Students’ Union and the university, this gala is a collaboration between TRUSU’s 7th annual Story Tellers Gala and the TRU President’s Lecture Series.

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