The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is coming to Victoria.
On April 13 and 14, the regional event will provide an opportunity to more than 2,000 aboriginals to share their experiences of residential schools, either by making a private or a public statement. Survivors, their families and school staff are invited to make a presentation. Emotional support will be available to anyone in need.
The public is also invited to come and listen to the stories, and are asked to share them with their own communities.
Activities will include traditional ceremonies, survivor gatherings, education day, and witnessing survivor statements.
Smaller events will also be held in Port Hardy, Campbell River, Duncan and Port Alberni.
“The (commission’s) regional event is an opportunity for all Canadians, both aboriginal and non-aboriginal, to learn more about and bear witness to the legacy of the residential school system,” said commission chair, Justice Murray Sinclair.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established as a result of the 2007 Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement.