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The Federal Government Announces the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement
After months of negotiations, the Liberal government announced a historical settlement on November 23, 2005, that offered compensation to tens of thousands of residential school survivors. It’s a $2 billion package was negotiated by Canada, the Assembly of First Nations, and Church groups. Millions are set aside for the Truth and Reconciliation process.
They were words that thousands of residential school survivors were waiting to hear. On June 11, 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper stood in the House of Commons, surrounded by representatives from First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities and apologized. Some were moved to tears, while others remained skeptical of Canada’s motives.
Testimony at the TRC National Event in Edmonton, Alberta
The TRC held seven national events. The last one was held in Edmonton March 31, 2014. More than 3,000 survivors attended, and 402 statements were collected. The testimony ranged from men and women still searching for their parents and grandparents to one survivor who watched helplessly as her sister was humiliated.
The TRC’s Interim Report
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has wrapped up four years of hearings where it heard from thousands of survivors from across the country. On June 2, 2015, Commission Chair Murray Sinclair issues an interim reports with 94 Calls to Action.