The first thing one notices upon entering the room is a small wooden tree standing against a blown up image of a group of native children staring glumly at the camera.
The Rev. Jennifer Bourque spent most of her time in the ”Churches’ Listening Area” at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Quebec national event, held here April 24 to 27.
An indigenous woman activist from the Philippines and a prominent Mohawk woman activist from Kanehsatake, Que., on April 24 drew parallels between the experiences of their own people and found some common threads that unite them.
About 37,000 or nearly half of the 80,000 former students who applied for Common Experience Payment under the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) also filed claims for sexual, serious physical abuse and other “wrongful acts” suffered at residential schools, according to Justice Murray Sinclair.