From March 25 to 30 2014, I had the opportunity to participate in the final TRC National Event in Edmonton, Alberta. Below are important points to consider when assessing the TRC.
Three Things You Need to Know About The TRC:
- 1. The TRC was formed as a requirement from the “Indian” Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, signed September 19, 2007. The Settlement Agreement was achieved after years of discussion between the federal government of Canada and Residential School survivors. The agreement would also bring forth the Canadian government’s official apology for Residential Schools on June 11, 2008.
- 2. The TRC built off of the ‘Statement of Reconciliation,’ dated January 7 1998. This formulated the TRC’s main principles, which include: victim-centred; public/transparent; inclusive, educational, holistic, just, and fair; and forward-looking in terms of rebuilding and renewing Indigenous/Canadian relations.
- 3. In looking to achieve its principle goals, the TRC held forums across Canada (also known as Turtle Island by Indigenous peoples). Forums were held in Winnipeg, MB; Inuvik NT; Halifax NS; Saskatoon SK; Montreal QC; Vancouver BC; and, most recently, Edmonton AB. A final report is to follow the public consultations later in 2014.
Three Myths about the TRC:
Chadwick (Chad) Cowie is from the Anishinaabeg community of Manominiiking and is currently a Prospective PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Alberta. Chad’s academic focus is on Canadian, Indigenous, and Comparative politics – with specific interest in Indigenous/Canadian relations, federalism, and electoral behavior