After years spent travelling across the country gathering statements from Indian Residential Schools survivors about their experiences, as well as those of their families and communities, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada delivered its final report at a national closing event in Ottawa in the first week of June 2015.
A group of Carleton history students were among the many participants in this landmark event. After weeks spent reading about the history of residential schools, listening to survivors, and discussing the origins of the TRC itself, students were tasked with witnessing and documenting the varied events associated with the TRC’s conclusion. They were then asked to consider some of the implications of this event for historical writing about residential schools and the challenges of reconciliation. Here’s a sample of what they found:
- Cyndi Mayhew, “Reflections on the TRC Closing Events from a Settler in the Process of Learning (and Un-Learning)”