GRATITUDE TO SURVIVORS AND COMMISSIONERS OF THE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION
Ottawa – Thursday, June 4, 2015: Following over six years of hearing the stories of over 6,700 residential school survivors, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission held its closing event this week. This was an opportunity for all those in Canada to continue to share and learn, and to witness and celebrate the resilience of Aboriginal people.
The work undertaken by the TRC has been difficult and challenging. Canadians For a New Partnership offers deep gratitude to residential school survivors for their strength and compassion, and to Commissioners Justice Murray Sinclair, Dr. Marie Wilson, and Chief Wilton Littlechild for their leadership, vision, and determination. CFNP also acknowledges the hard work of the many personnel and volunteers who counselled survivors, organized events, and otherwise supported survivors and the Commission.
“The road to the TRC closing event has been emotional for so many, but now is an opportunity for us all to begin to address the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people,” said CFNP President Stephen Kakfwi. “There is a growing willingness to bridge our differences and to work together in equal partnership to restore trust – and to build a future that is positive and healthy for the generations to come. We know the journey doesn’t end here, and by working with other individuals and organizations, we are going to work towards having the recommendations of the Commission implemented. By doing so, we will be taking steps to realize the full potential of the people of this country.”
In addition to the release of its recommendations, the TRC announced the induction of additional individual and institutional Honorary Witnesses, including Canadians For a New Partnership. CFNP Director Shelagh Rogers stated, “As the Commissioners have explained, anyone can be a witness – any person who learns about the legacy of residential schools, or listens to a survivor tell their story is a witness. And like all witnesses, we are honoured to carry on the work of ongoing reconciliation.”
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