Magazine article Anglican Journal

Emotion Rocks Rideau Hall: Governor General Pledges to Stand by Truth and Reconciliation Process

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Emotion Rocks Rideau Hall: Governor General Pledges to Stand by Truth and Reconciliation Process

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Governor General Michaelle Jean has urged Canadians to participate in the work of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Canadians have a collective responsibility to confront the country's history with aboriginal peoples and have the opportunity "to right a historical wrong," said Jean.

In an emotion-filled ceremony at Rideau Hall on Oct. 15, Jean expressed her commitment "to act as witness" to the journey. "The time has come to speak up. The time has come for us to work together to listen and shine a light on the gaps in this memory, difficult though it may be. Now is the time for us to travel the road of truth and reconciliation together," Jean told TRC commissioners, former students and their families, aboriginal leaders, as well as church and government representatives attending the ceremony.

"To those of you who say, 'That's in the past, why don't they just get over it?' I would say, We and you are not out of the past yet," said Justice Murray Sinclair, TRC chair, whose own father attended a residential school. "Our families were broken apart and must be rebuilt. …

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