The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has published its findings on its website. The commission was established as a component of the settlement agreement regarding the abuses suffered by those that attended Indian Residential School’s in Canada. The work of the commission involved the following seven goals:
- Acknowledge Residential Scholl experiences, impacts and consequences;
- Provide a holistic, culturally appropriate and safe setting for former students, their families and communities as they come forward to the Commission;
- Witness, support, promote and facilitate truth and reconciliation events at both the national and community levels;
- Promote awareness and public education of Canadians about the IRS system and its impacts;
- Identify sources and create as complete an historical record as possible of the IRS system and legacy. The record shall be preserved and made accessible to the public for future study and use;
- Produce and submit to the Parties of the Agreement a report including recommendations to the Government of Canada concerning the IRS system and experience including: the history, purpose, operation and supervision of the IRS system, the effect and consequences of IRS (including systemic harms, intergenerational consequences and the impact on human dignity) and the ongoing legacy of the residential schools;
- Support commemoration of former Indian Residential School students and their families in accordance with the Commemoration Policy Directive.
The report can be accessed here.