The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was created to document and record the truth of Canada's Indian Residential School System, and to inform all Canadians of those truths.
Over five years, the TRC listened to and documented the experiences of residential school survivors, their families and communities, and former residential school employees. You can find the history, mandate, and work of the TRC on the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation's website.
The TRC's final report was released on Dec. 15, 2015. It included six volumes of what the Commission heard and researched, along with 10 principles of reconciliation and 94 Calls to Action to address the ongoing legacy of the Indian Residential School System. You can find all the documents here.
As Canadians, we are challenged by the Calls to Action to change the fundamental structures and attitudes in our society that continue to marginalize and harm Indigenous Peoples and communities, and to seek to advance the process of reconciliation.
Since the report was released 7 years ago, only 12% of the recommendations are considered completed, and 38% are either not started or stalled, according to ongoing tracking on the Indigenous Watchdog site. There was also a comprehensive review of each Call to Action prepared by the Yellowhead Institute in December 2021 that shows similarly dismal progress.
To mark the release of the final report, For Our Kids is launching a series of interactive sessions you can participate in with your team, your family or any group you'd like to bring together, to walk through the 94 Calls to Action, reflect on what they mean and their status, and think about how to commit to moving them into action.
The sessions will be ready in the new year. Meanwhile, if you are not already familiar with the Calls to Action, you can take the first step by reading them here.
If you would like to be part of the interactive sessions, please contact us at [email protected]