David Scott, a representative of the London-based New England Company (NEC), said he was grateful he had the opportunity to witness the B.C. National Event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), held Sept. 18 to 21 in Vancouver.
When Charon Spinks and her husband, Tim, got married in 1962, he asked her to promise that if they ever had children, they wouldn’t hand down to them what they had learned and experienced at St. George’s Indian Residential School in Lytton, B.C.
As Harry Moon sat in a sharing circle at the Churches Listening to Survivors area, he explained why he was there: “I’m here because I’m having a hard time.”
A Japanese-Canadian and a West Papuan studying here were among thousands who took part in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s B.C. National Event, held Sept. 18 to 21, and both said they have been transformed by the experience.
Vancouver—A woollen baby blanket with the symbol of the sea wolf whale that sings a song and a prayer shawl were offered on Sept. 21 by the Anglican Church of Canada as “expressions of reconciliation” at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) B.C. National Event, which is aimed at documenting the experiences of Indian residential school survivors.
Jillian Harris survived a harrowing experience at St. Mary’s Indian residential school in Mission, B.C., which she began attending when she was 14. Today, she is earning a master of divinity at the Vancouver School of Theology, an ecumenical theological institution in the city.
Early in the evening of Sept. 19, soothing, live harp music greets local Anglicans and visitors who enter the doors of St. David’s, a small church in the Anglican diocese of New Westminster, located in the heart of East Village, a culturally diverse neighbourhood.
Hundreds of B.C. Anglican, United and Presbyterian church members were unable to make it to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) national event being held here Sept. 18 to 21, but they made sure to let Indian residential school survivors know that they were in their thoughts and prayers.
On Sept. 18, Holocaust survivor Robert Waisman stood before an audience that included former students of Canada’s Indian residential schools and spoke about the horrors that he experienced as a teenager at the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany during World War II.
A Tsleil-Waututh Nation youth paid tribute to the courage of his grandmother, a premier offered an apology for the harms done to aboriginal children in residential schools and a Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) commissioner urged Canadians to join the conversation about how Canada must come to terms with its past.