Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission is formally established and operational

    OTTAWA, June 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Justice Harry S. LaForme, Chair of the
Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), and
Commissioners Claudette Dumont-Smith and Jane Brewin Morley, Q.C. are pleased
to announce that the TRC is officially established and will be fully
operational on June 2, 2008.
    "Today marks the beginning of our five-year mandate as an independent
Commission," said Justice LaForme. "We can now begin formally planning and
preparing for the work ahead to learn and understand the truth of the Indian
Residential Schools legacy, as well as examine the process of reconciliation."
    The TRC was created as a result of the court-approved Indian Residential
Schools Settlement Agreement that was negotiated between legal counsel for
former students, legal counsel for the Churches, the Government of Canada, the
Assembly of First Nations and other Aboriginal organizations.
    "Our first priority will be to meet with partners of the Settlement
Agreement, former students and other interested parties so that we can best
determine our course of action and move forward quickly with the work ahead,"
said Commissioner Claudette Dumont-Smith.
    "One of the important challenges facing the Commission is engaging the
broader community in the process," said Commissioner Jane Morley. "An enduring
reconciliation must include young Canadians and Canadians from diverse
    Anyone who has been affected by the Indian Residential Schools legacy
will have the opportunity to share their experiences in a safe and culturally
appropriate manner. Individual statements can be private or public. Details
for TRC events will be confirmed in the near future.

For further information:

For further information: Kimberly Phillips, Truth and Reconciliation
Commission Secretariat, (613) 219-5872,; Nancy Pine, Truth and
Reconciliation Commission Secretariat, (613) 316-5654,

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