Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), formed to help the country come to grips with the residential schools system that tore aboriginal families apart from the 1870s through 1996, is in Day 2 of its International Forum in Vancouver, British Columbia. Featured are worldwide experts speaking about similar efforts in South Africa, Guatemala, Argentina and Serbia/Croatia.
The purpose of the forum is to begin dialogue surrounding the establishment of a National Research Centre that will be a permanent resource to educate all Canadians on what happened within the Residential Schools, the TRC said in a statement.
The event, running through Thursday, is being livestreamed. Tune in here for firsthand testimony from specialists in Holocaust survival and recovery, American-Canadian Japanese interment during WWII and other injustices we have wrought on each other. More important is the message of hope - of reconciliation - on how to move forward from these national traumas in a unified fashion.
Go here for a description of what the TRC hopes to accomplish in the forum, from Chairman Justice Murray Sinclair.
•Tuesday March 1, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. PST.
•Wednesday March 2, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. PST.
•Thursday March 3, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. PST.
The webcast will be available in both English and French.
Lunch keynote speakers include:
Stephen Smith, Executive Director, Shoah Foundation on Tuesday March 1, 2011 from noon – 1:15 p.m. PST
Phil Fontaine, President Ishkonigan Consulting and Mediation and former National Chief, Assembly of First Nations on Wednesday March 2, 2011 from noon – 1:15 p.m. PST.
Read ICTMN's previous coverage of the TRC's forum here.