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Honouring the truth, reconciling for the future : summary of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

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  • Contributor: Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

    Canada's residential school system for Aboriginal children was an educationsystem in name only for much of its existence. These residential schools werecreated for the purpose of separating Aboriginal children from their families, in order to minimize and weaken family ties and cultural linkages, and to indoctrinatechildren into a new culture - the culture of the legally dominant Euro-Christian Canadian society, led by Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Theschools were in existence for well over 100 years, and many successive generations of children from the same communities and families endured the experience of them. That experience was hidden for most of Canada's history, until Survivors of the systemwere finally able to find the strength, courage, and support to bring their experiencesto light in several thousand court cases that ultimately led to the largest class-actionlawsuit in Canada's history.

    • Volume one. Honouring the truth, reconciling for the future.
    Original Publisher: Toronto, James Lorimer and Company Limited, Publishers
    Language(s): English