Truth and Reconciliation Commission to hold event in Sask.
Published Thursday, May 17, 2012 4:12PM CST
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission will hold a free national event at Prairieland Park next month.
The event is one in a series of stops scheduled across the country. Organizers are expecting the four-day event to attract many of the 28,000 residential school survivors in Saskatchewan.
Eugene Arcand, a member of the survivor committee with the TRC, says the event shouldn't be missed. "It's important for all of us to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity, to come together."
The national event, which runs from June 21 to 24, is open to all Canadians. Justice Murray Sinclair, the chair of the TRC says it was developed for people to learn more about the legacy of the residential school system.
"Involvement from the academic community, we are going to have student involvement, we are going to have educational displays, we are going to ensure people have a good understanding of the residential schools that were in this province."
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established in 2007 with a mandate to inform Canadians about what happened in residential schools. Over 150 years, more than 150,000 children were taken from their families and placed in Indian residential schools.
‘(We should) assist our young ones in understanding, some of their dysfunction that they suffered because of our dysfunction," says Arcand.