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Big Oil funds Truth & Reconciliation Conference in Vancouver

By Khelsilem Rivers, Intercontinental Cry, Sept 11, 2013Residential School survivor t-shirt

From September 18-21, 2013, the ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission’ (TRC) is holding an event in British Columbia as part of its Canada-wide effort “to promote awareness and public education about the Residential School system and its impacts”. Simultaneously a fairly new organization named ‘Reconciliation Canada’ is organizing some events of its own to coincide with TRC’s event in BC. These events include a “Reconciliation Walk” and an “All Nations Canoe Gathering”. Read the rest of this entry

Residential School Settlement a Flawed Deal: Survivor’s Group

Group representing residential school survivors says compensation deal flawed

Winnipeg Free Press/CP, Feb 3, 2012

Canoes outside St. Michael's Residential School in Alert Bay, BC

WINNIPEG – It’s the largest-ever compensation deal in Canadian history – but groups that represent thousands of aboriginal people have come forward to say it’s flawed.

The National Residential School Survivors Society is calling for a judicial review of the $5-billion Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

That means claimants might have to go back to court to reopen the deal. Read the rest of this entry