Alberta Human Rights Information Service June 19, 2015

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Final Report

On June 2, 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) released its final report at the TRC Closing Event in Ottawa. The TRC invited all Canadians to share their truths about Indian Residential Schools and their legacy, to witness and celebrate the resilience of Aboriginal cultures, and to be part of a national journey for healing and reconciliation. To date, the TRC has collected more than 6,200 statements.

The TRC Closing Event, one of numerous closing events that took place in Ottawa and across Canada, was the culmination of the work of the TRC, which was formally established on June 1, 2008. The TRC was formed to:

  • examine Canada's history of Indian Residential Schools,
  • gather stories from former students, their families and their communities,
  • create an historical record of the Indian Residential School system and its legacy that is as complete as possible, and
  • promote awareness and provide public education to Canadians about the Indian Residential School system and its impacts.

Alberta has a long history with Indian Residential Schools. The first Indian Residential School opened in Canada in 1840 and the last school closed in 1996. There were more Indian Residential Schools in Alberta than in any other province. Commission staff participated in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Alberta National Event in Edmonton from March 27 to 30, 2014, partnering with the Canadian Human Rights Commission to host a display table at the event. Over 20,000 people gathered for this final event. 

Indigenous people in Alberta continue to live with the effects of Indian Residential Schools in their daily lives. The Alberta Human Rights Commission is actively working with Aboriginal organizations and groups across Alberta to strengthen relationships and work towards improving relations to better address the ongoing human rights issues that the indigenous people in our province face.

"As we move forward from a very dark past towards recovery, the Alberta Human Rights Commission is committed to further strengthening our relationships with Alberta's indigenous peoples and communities and to using the recommendations of the TRC final report to inform our work," states Mr. Robert Philp, Queen's Counsel, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission. "Important initiatives are taking place in Alberta communities to enhance human rights and increase understanding and mutual respect between indigenous and non-indigenous people. We know more can be done."

To learn more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to read the stories from survivors and to read the final report, visit the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada website.

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