Madahbee applauds fresh start for Reconciliation Commission



    SERPENT RIVER FN, June 11 /CNW/ - Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief
Patrick Madahbee has expressed his support for the appointment of a new
chairperson and commissioners to the Indian Residential Schools Truth and
Reconciliation Commission.
    Yesterday, Justice Murray Sinclair was appointed as Commission Chair and
Marie Wilson and Chief Wilton Littlechild were appointed as Commissioners.
    "It is important that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission moves
forward again," said Madahbee. "Time is running out for many of our First
Nations citizens to share their experiences. They have already waited too long
to be heard."
    Today marks the first anniversary of the federal government's public
apology for the abuses suffered by thousands of students who were forced to
attend over 100 church-operated Indian Residential Schools across Canada. The
Truth and Reconciliation's mandate is to inform all Canadians about what
happened in the schools by documenting testimony of survivors, families,
communities and anyone personally affected by the Indian Residential School
experience.
    At the end of its five-year mandate the Commission will establish a
national research centre that will be a permanent educational resource for all
Canadians.

    The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its
secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 41 member First
Nations across Ontario. The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political
organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of
Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.




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For further information: Marci Becking, Communications Officer, Ph:
(705) 497-9127 (Ext. 2290), E-mail: becmar@anishinabek.ca

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