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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) (Commission de vérité et réconciliation du Canada CVR) was a truth and reconciliation commission active in Canada from 2008 to 2015
The TRC concluded its mandate in 2015 and transferred its records to the safekeeping of National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR).
"The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was created through a legal settlement between Residential Schools Survivors, the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit representatives and the parties responsible for creation and operation of the schools: the federal government and the church bodies.
The TRC's mandate was to inform all Canadians about what happened in residential schools. The TRC documented the truth of Survivors, their families, communities and anyone personally affected by the residential school experience. This included First Nations, Inuit and Métis former residential school students, their families, communities, the churches, former school employees, government officials and other Canadians."
Source: NCTR Website
"The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) is a place of learning and dialogue where the truths of Residential School Survivors, families and communities are honoured and kept safe for future generations.
The NCTR educates Canadians on the profound injustices inflicted on First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation by the forced removal of children to attend residential schools and the widespread abuse suffered in those schools.
We preserve the record of these human rights abuses, and promote continued research and learning on the legacy of residential schools. Our goal is to honour Survivors and to foster reconciliation and healing on the foundation of truth telling.
The NCTR was gifted the spirit name bezhig miigwan which, in Anishinaabemowin, the language of the Anishinaabe people, means "one feather." The name's a reminder that every Survivor needs to be shown the same respect and attention that an eagle feather deserves. The name also teaches us that we are vital to the work of reconciliation."
Source: NCTR Website
The NCTR is located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.
Pete Loeser, 5 July 2022
image located by Pete Loeser, 5 July 2022
"The flame that burns at the centre of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) logo symbolizes the seven fires representing the Seven Sacred Teachings of respect, honesty, courage, love, humility, wisdom and truth. The fire represents our collective responsibility to care for and ensure that the fires of reconciliation lit across this country stay bright.
As one looks into this fire, the image of two birds appears. These birds represent our spirits being set free when our truth is told. The two birds also represent some of the relationships that are necessary for the process of healing and reconciliation: the relationships between Survivors and intergenerational Survivors, between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, and between parents and children.
The third small flame within the fire represents all of the children who are not yet born - those to whom we are collectively accountable in our efforts to pass on a better world.
The circle around the flame represents our duty to protect the first while gaps in the circle - indicating East, West, North and South _ welcome everyone to join the journey of reconciliation."
Bezhig miigwan calls upon us to see each Survivor coming to the NCTR as a single eagle feather and to show those Survivors the same respect and attention an eagle feather deserves. It also teaches we are all in this together - we are all one, connected, and it is vital to work together to achieve reconciliation.Source: NCTR - University of Manitoba