TRC Vancouver 2013

(L to R): The Rev. Danny Whitehead, David Scott, and Bishop Barbara Andrews, at the BC National Event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Photo: Marites N. Sison

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.
(L to R): The Rev. Lily Bell, Bishop Barbara Andrews and elder Charon Spinks during a brief break at the TRC's BC National Event in Vancouver. Photo: Marites N. Sison

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.
Sharing circles at the Churches Listening to Survivors Area end with drumming. Photo: Marites N. Sison

Courage, bravery, anger and tears

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."
Hisako Masaki was among thousands who attended the BC National Event in Vancouver. Photo: Marites N. Sison

…they’re my brothers and sisters’

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.
Archbishop John Privett and elder Charon Spinks present the Anglican Church of Canada's expressions of reconciliation to TRC Commissioners and B.C. Survivors' Society members at the B.C. National Event. Photo: Marites N. Sison

Church offers “expressions of reconciliation”

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.

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