Photo: Marites N. Sison
The Atlantic National Event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), held in Halifax Oct. 26 to 29, closed with a birthday celebration for former residential school students. Grandchildren of former students—most of them ages four to eight—sang “Happy Birthday” in Mi’kmaq, Meliseet, Inuktitut, Cree, French and English. TRC Commissioner Wilton Littlechild noted that these children are about the same age as their grandparents and great-grandparents were when they were put into residential schools across Canada. The Anglican Church of Canada operated 35 of these schools.
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