TRC Inuvik 2011

A total of 40,000 birthdays went uncelebrated among those attending the TRC eventThe Rt. Rev. Lydia Mamakwa. All Photos: Marites N. Sison

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.

Mixed experiences at Indian residential school

Inuvik- Attendin an Indian residential school gave Lydia Mamakwa the faith that led to her calling as an Anglican priest, and later, as area bishop of northern Ontario in the diocese of Keewatin. But, at one point, it had also left her confused about her identity as a native person.

‘I’m glad I went to Stringer Hall,’ says former student

Inuvik—Verna H. Firth considers herself one of the lucky ones. She attended an Indian residential school and unlike former students who have reported being abused, she has only good memories of her four years at a residential school.

Documentary asks hard questions, gets hard answers

Inuvik-"What's that?" "Not interested." "I don't know anything about that." When two Yellowknife teenagers asked youth in their community what they knew about the experiences...
A participant at a recent Truth and Reconciliation Commission event reads comments about the residential schools experience posted on a wall. Photo: Marites N. Sison

Why truth and reconciliation matter

Inuvik-The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Northern National Event held here recently ended with, literally, many writings on the wall.

Anglican exhibit elicits heartfelt response

General Synod archivist Nancy Hurn had debated whether to display the portraits of Indian residential school students at an exhibit at the Northern National Event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada, held here June 27 to July.

‘We have a huge challenge to educate the church,’ primate says

Inuvik—Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, said he sensed "a little less anger" in the way former residential schools survivors...
Former residential school classmates had an opportunity to reconnect at the TRC National Northern Event in Inuvik. Photo: Marites N. Sison

Northern event witness to pain and joy

Inuvik-As Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) Commissioner Marie Wilson put it, former Indian residential schools students who gathered here on June 27 to July 1 experienced both pain and joy.
Former residential school students light birthday candles at a party held in their honour at the TRC National Northern Event in Inuvik. Photo: Marites N. Sison

Lost birthdays remembered

Inuvik-For a moment in time, at least, they were children once more as they each held up a cupcake with gooey vanilla-chocolate frosting and a tiny, flickering candle. And, as the lights were dimmed, those gathered around them sang a rousing "Happy Birthday" in English, French, Inuktitut, and other aboriginal languages.

Survivors can help ensure a better future

Inuvik-Justice Murray Sinclair on July 1 challenged Indian residential school survivors to come to terms with the past, move beyond their hurts and think about what kind of future they would like to bequeath to their children and grandchildren.
Northern Ontario Bishop Lydia Mamakwa and Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, at the TRC Northern event in Inuvik. Photo: Marites N. Sison

‘Expressions of courage’ from former students

Inuvik—Archbishop Fred Hiltz on July 1 paid tribute to former residential school students, saying he heard "many expressions of courage" from them as they gathered here for the Northern National Event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC).

Honorary TRC witnesses send message that global community watching

Inuvik-A grand chief, a veteran CBC broadcaster, a former commissioner for Nunavut and a Holocaust survivor have been commissioned as honorary witnesses for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's national northern event here June 27 to July 1.
From left: Henriette Thompson, Bishop Lydia Mamakwa, Bishop Murray Chatlain, Bishop Mark MacDonald, Bishop Gary Gordon and Bishop Larry Robertson. Photo: M. Sison

Anglican and Roman Catholic church leaders offer apologies

Three Anglican bishops and two Roman Catholic bishops offered expressions of regret, then embraced and presented each other with gifts of reconciliation.

Gov’t must address issue of those left out of settlement

Inuvik-Unless the federal government addresses the issue around the exclusion of some Metis and aboriginal students from the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, healing and reconciliation may not be possible, the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) has warned.

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