Overview

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is one of several tools in the process of transitional justice. In this chapter, we will consider what role a truth and reconciliation commission can play in helping a nation, individuals, and groups heal from past trauma.

Introduction

Introduction

Get an overview of the central themes you will explore in these readings on truth and reconciliation.

Reading 1 of 6
Genocide & Mass Violence

Why Reconcile?

Consider how important it can be for survivors of the Indian Residential Schools system to speak about their experiences.

Reading 2 of 6

Can There Be Justice Without Truth?

Residential school survivor Peter Irniq discusses why it's important to uncover the truth behind the experience of students of the Indian Residential Schools.

Reading 3 of 6

Reconciliation

Richard Wagamese describes his road to reconciliation with the legacy of trauma, violence, and abuse of the Indian Residential Schools.

Reading 4 of 6
Genocide & Mass Violence

Who Is To Blame?

Reflect on different indigenous leaders' thoughts about the role of perpetrators in achieving reconciliation after the Indian Residential Schools system.

Reading 5 of 6
Genocide & Mass Violence

“A Spectre in Our Midst”: How the Indian Residential Schools Affect an Entire Community

Richard Wagamese explores how the Indian Residential Schools system affected even those who did not attend them.

Reading 6 of 6
Genocide & Mass Violence

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Future

Learn how the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada addresses the cycle by which trauma and violence is passed from one generation to another.

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