Magazine article Anglican Journal

Iacobucci to Facilitate Truth and Reconciliation

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Iacobucci to Facilitate Truth and Reconciliation

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Former Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci has agreed to act as facilitator to the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), in the wake of the sudden resignation on Oct. 20 of its chair, Justice Harry LaForme.

Counsel for parties to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA), including the Anglican Church of Canada, announced that Mr. Iacobucci would assist the parties in "moving forward."

Mr. Iacobucci represented the federal government in the negotiations that led to the signing of the residential schools agreement in May 2006.

"Justice Iacobucci has, through his work on the IRSSA, made an enormous contribution towards achieving a fair, comprehensive and lasting resolution of the legacy of Indian Residential Schools," said a joint statement of the counsels representing government, native groups, and churches, which are party to the agreement.

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Various groups, including the Anglican Church of Canada, expressed concern that Mr. LaForme, who was chosen as chair on April 28, said that the TRC was "on. the verge of paralysis" because the two commissioners have "repeatedly and openly rejected" his authority and vision for the commission. …

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