Tuesday, December 4, 2012

TRC goes to court

Commission seeking mandate on document collection
Truth and Reconciliation Chair Justice Murray Sinclair.
Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski / CCN.
The B.C. Catholic has a story by Deborah Gyapong about challenges the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is having obtaining documents:
The Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) is seeking a court opinion on its mandate to collect government documents under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA).

“What is at stake here is control over history,” said TRC counsel Julian Falconer in a Dec. 3 news release. “While in the last 12 months Canada has produced approximately one million documents, with a century and a half of residential school operations, many more documents remain undisclosed.”
The TRC will make the reference Dec. 20-21 to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice “because document challenges remain largely unresolved,” said TRC Chair Justice Murray Sinclair in a Dec. 3 news release. “The Commission is taking this step very reluctantly and with a sense that it has been left with no alternatives.”
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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