Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Closing Event: Walk for Reconciliation, Sunday May 31

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Date(s) - 05/31/2015
8:45 am - 6:30 pm

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Let’s stand together – Join the Walk for Reconciliation – Jump on our bus to Ottawa

 

 

 

Sunday May 31, Leaving Wal-Mart parking lot at 8:45 a.m. and return by around 6:30 p.m.

 

 

 
(there is no fixed fare but contributions to defray the cost of the bus will be appreciated)
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As many people gather in Ottawa on Sunday May 31 for a “reconciliation walk” from a school in Gatineau to Ottawa City Hall to highlight the formal close of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on Aboriginal residential schools in Canada, the Cornwall Interfaith Partnership is offering transportation by bus for anyone from Cornwall, Akwesasne and the surrounding area who would like to participate.

 

The bus will leave the Wal-Mart parking lot at 8:45 a.m. and return by around 6:30 p.m. Reservations for seats on the bus will be accepted until 6 p.m. on May 27 – there is no fixed fare but contributions to defray the cost of the bus will be appreciated.

 

For the past seven years and more, the TRC has been gathering statements from individuals affected by the century-long program ending in the mid-1990s whereby Aboriginal children in Canada were removed from their families and sent to government-funded, church-run residential schools across Canada that were specifically established to “civilize” Aboriginal children and eliminate parental involvement in their spiritual, cultural and intellectual development.

 

The work of the TRC, it is felt, has been “a sincere indication and acknowledgement of the injustices and harms experienced by Aboriginal people and the need for continued healing. This is a profound commitment to establishing new relationships embedded in mutual recognition and respect that will forge a brighter future.”

 

The TRC’s work has received strong support from Kairos, an umbrella group of Canadian churches and other religious organizations inspired by a vision of “compassionate justice” to “join with those of goodwill in Canada and around the world” in a process of “social transformation.”

 

For further information on the walk, please contact Paula or Miriam Wheeler at 613-933-4321, and to register for the bus, please call Neil Macmillan at 613-938-8459.