Launch of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission – June 16, 2010

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Launch of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission – June 16, 2010

In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Aboriginal elders, survivors of the residential school system, and members of the public gather at the first national event held by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The commission’s mandate is to conduct research, gather statements, support public education efforts, and commemorate the survivors of Canada’s residential school system.

Remarks are made by Murray Sinclair (the commission president), hereditary chief Robert Joseph (Kwagiulth Nation of the Northeast Coast of Vancouver Island), Chuck Strahl (Indian Affairs Minister), Shawn Atleo (National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations), Mary Simon (president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami), and commissioners Wilton Littlechild and Marie Wilson.

Speeches are also presented by representatives from the Roman Catholic Church, the Presbyterian Church of Canada, the Anglican Church of Canada, and the United Church of Canada.