Thursday, October 4, 2012

An insight into the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Archdiocese's First Nations ministry coordinator hopes for reconciliation between Aboriginals and the Church
The B.C. Catholic has an opinion article by the archdiocese's First Nations ministry coordinator Rennie Nahanee regarding the ongoing work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and healing wounds between Aboriginals and the Church:
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Canada) has paved the way for the untold stories of former Indian Residential School students to become part of history. Their treatment, both good and bad, is being documented by statement takers of the TRC and will be stored in a research centre archive yet to be built.
In the future these stories, along with photographs and other related documents, will become available to all Canadians. This is contingent on getting permission from the former students to release their stories of their student days in boarding school, and respecting regulations about releasing personal information from the archives.
The students feel a need to tell their stories to someone in a position of authority. They want to do this in a safe cultural environment with a clinical counsellor present, to help with the emotional stress of talking about something so personal that they've never told anyone else before.
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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