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- CSPC Response to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report

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TRC Bentwood BoxCanada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission is a major event for our communities and our nation.  It has shone a light on the struggle for survival by Aboriginal, First Nations and Inuit people under a despicable regime of cultural genocide that Canadian governments and institutions inflicted on our indigenous sisters and brothers. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission website  is a critical resource for public education, and its recommendations, all 94 of them, should be supported.  

The Community Social Planning Council will advocate for them to senior levels of government in every way we can.   The City of Edmonton has launched its own Reconciliation process, to mirror the national initiative at the regional and community level.  With nine First Nations and a large urban Aboriginal population wouldn't this be a good idea for our own region?  We hope some of our regional and local governments and institutions explore ways of moving forward genuine reconciliation for our region that is people to people, community to community, and rooted in a commitment to social justice.  


Rupert Downing, Executive Director
Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria
#203 - 4475 Viewmont Ave Victoria BC V8X 6L8
Tel. 250-383-6166 Fax: 250-479-9411


More information:

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
·       Findings
·       Interim report from 2012

Response of the Assembly of First National National Chief Perry Bellegarde to the Finding of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

First Nations Leadership Council statement on TRC Closing and Final Report

Statement of Reconciliation from Canada’s Big City Mayors