OTTAWA, Nov. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister
of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the following
"I am pleased to announce that the Government of Canada will work with
the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the parties to the Indian
Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, as well as the Ontario
Superior Court to provide the Commission with a one-year extension to
its operating period, until June 30, 2015, as requested by the
This additional year would allow the Commission sufficient time to
complete its mandate, including writing its final report and receiving
those documents held at Library and Archives Canada that Canada
provides during this period.
We look forward to continuing to assist the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission with its important mandate and to meeting Canada's
obligations as set out in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement
Our government remains committed to achieving a fair and lasting
resolution to the legacy of Indian Residential Schools, which lies at
the heart of reconciliation and the renewal of the relationship between
Aboriginal people and all Canadians."
This statement is also available on the Internet at www.aandc.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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