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article imageFinal Truth and Reconciliation Commission Canadian event Special

By Paula Kirman     Apr 2, 2014 in World
Edmonton - The national Truth and Reconciliation events came to a finish in Edmonton, with the final one held March 27-30 at the Shaw Conference Centre.
Thousands of survivors of residential schools came to tells their stories to clergy, TRC commissioners, and the general public. These experiences were recorded for purposes of history and education, and the event was live-streamed online for those who could not make it down in person.
Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Edmonton. Residential School survivor Myrtle Calahasin  8...
Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Edmonton. Residential School survivor Myrtle Calahasin, 81, tells her experiences to the TRC Commissioners.
As late as 1975, First Nations children were removed from the homes of their parents and forced to live in residential schools for ten months of the year. The purpose of these schools was to remove the cultural identity and language from Aboriginal children to try to assimilate them.
Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Edmonton.
Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Edmonton.
Thousands of people attended the TRC event. Over 3200 survivors registered, more than 400 statements were gathered over the four days, and more than 30,000 people from 36 different countries watched the video streams.
Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Edmonton. Interfaith discussion panel.
Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Edmonton. Interfaith discussion panel.
The final event of the TRC was the Healing Walk from the Shaw Conference Centre, down Jasper Avenue, to the Alberta Legislature. Around 4000 people took part, including Mayor Don Iveson and Premier Dave Hancock, who met the marchers at the Legislature for the rally portion.
Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Edmonton. Healing Walk.
Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Edmonton. Healing Walk.
Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Edmonton.
Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Edmonton.
Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Edmonton.
Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Edmonton.
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