Special coverage of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Welcome to the Anglican Journal’s extensive coverage of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) national events. Click on the sliders below for a list of stories from each event or scroll down to see all the stories one at a time.

Ottawa National Event News, May/June 2015

Children deserve ‘our very best efforts,’ says Hiltz in New Year’s...

In his annual New Year's address at Christ Church Cathedral, the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, said the church must ensure that the interests and well-being of children, in Canada and around the world, are upheld.

New details about missing children in TRC final report

The six-year mandate of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) ended December 15 with the release of a multi-volume report that ushers in what the commissioners called a "new era in reconciliation for Canada."

Ottawa National Event Multimedia, May/June 2015

A walk to remember slideshow

An estimated 10,000 people joined the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Walk for Reconciliation. Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, led the Anglican delegation, which included representatives from various dioceses across Canada. Photos: André Forget/ Anglican Journal

Walk for Reconciliation videos

Videos taken during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Walk for Reconciliation, May 31, Ottawa.

About the TRC

‘Astounding’ response to residential school ballet

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet's (RWB) production of Going Home Star—Truth and Reconciliation, which ran Oct. 1 to 5 and opened the ballet's 75th season, has had reviewers scrambling for adjectives.

Ballet tells story of residential school students

On October 1 the Royal Winnipeg Ballet opens its 75th season with an emotionally charged dramatization of healing in the wake of Canada's residential school system.

Alberta National Event, March 2014

TRC chair: ‘Mutual respect’ key to reconciliation

The seventh and final national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) began in Edmonton March 27 with TRC chair Justice Murray Sinclair stating that the goal of reconciliation must be to establish "a relationship of mutual respect" between indigenous and non-indigenous people of Canada.

Anglicans reflect on impact of TRC events

For National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald, participating in the national events of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) has been "a strange mixture of Good Friday and Easter."

B.C. National Event, September 2013

An English visitor at the TRC

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.

Helping survivors let go of hurts

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.

Quebec National Event, April 2013

‘Tree of Emotions’ at TRC

The first thing one notices upon entering the room is a small woodentree standing against a blown up image of a group of native childrenstaring glumly at the camera.

At the TRC: The privilege of listening

The Rev. Jennifer Bourque spent most of her time in the "Churches'Listening Area" at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Quebecnational event, held here April 24 to 27.

Regional Events

‘Once again become proud people’

Kwanlin Dun First Nation Chief Rick O'Brien has urged Indian residentialschool survivors not to let the "hard history" of the schools hold themback, saying they must move forward for the sake of their children andgrandchildren.

Regional TRC event to open in Whitehorse

Anglicans in the diocese of Yukon are gearing up for their participation in the Yukon regional truth and reconciliation event scheduled Jan. 14 to...

Saskatchewan National Event, June 2012

This is a Canadian problem’

The fourth national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), held in Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, was not just about the survivors. It was also about their children and grandchildren, said TRC Commissioner Mr. Justice Murray Sinclair.

Aboriginal culture heals church-inflicted wounds

Wearing his trademark cowboy hat, Terrance Assiniboine appeared at the recent survivors' hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearings in Saskatoon to tell the audience how he came to be the man he is today.

Northern National Event, June 2011

Writer’s diary

For a moment in time they were children once more as they each held up a cupcake with gooey vanilla-chocolate frosting and a tiny flickering candle.

Former students’ experiences have transformative impact

Inuvik-Two Anglicans from the South who joined the Northern National Event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) here said they have been transformed by their experience of meeting former students and listening to their testimonies about the Indian residential schools.

Atlantic National Event, October 2011

Language warriors and more

In the 1990s, hundreds of survivors from Shubenacadie were the first to file a class action lawsuit against the federal government for loss of language and culture, and for physical and sexual abuse.

Happy birthday, grandmother!

The Atlantic National Event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), held in Halifax Oct. 26 to 29, closed with a birthday...

Winnipeg National Event, June 2010

TRC: A journey just begun

Video of the first Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Winnipeg.

Survivors’ families learn about residential schools

Flora Packo moved from one table to another getting as many brochures, posters, photocopies of photographs and other materials about Indian residential schools as she could.