Tuesday, February 1, 2011

National Research Centre Forum - Vancouver

National Research Centre Forum

Sharing Truth - Creating a National Research Centre on Residential Schools

March 1-3, 2011 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC

Canada’s Residential School system lasted 150 years. Aboriginal families continue to feel its negative impacts today. As part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s mandate to educate Canadians about Residential schools and their legacy, a National Research Centre will be established.

On behalf of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), the Commissioners are extending a rare opportunity for attendees to bear witness to the advice, vision and experiences of international colleagues who have worked with Indigenous collections or Truth Commissions.

Those international colleagues include directors of memorial museums and education programs from Chile, Peru, East Timor, Bangladesh; directors of archives advocates such as the National Security Archives, Archivists without Borders and the South African History Archive; participants in documenting human rights abuses in the former Yugoslavia and Sudan; experts in public education programs including the Holocaust; as well as many leading North American Aboriginal experts, including former national chiefs Phil Fontaine and Georges Erasmus. This is a unique opportunity.
Over three days, information will be shared that will help to inform decision making for preserving and archiving survivor statements, as well as materials created and received during the Commission’s work. The discussions had at the Forum will mark the beginning of what will become Canada’s largest permanent collection of oral history of its kind.

When the work of the Commission is complete, we will ensure the whole world hears the truth about residential schools, so that generations to come – Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians alike – will hold to the statement that resonates with all of us: ‘This must never happen again.’ – Justice Murray Sinclair

For more information on the program, speakers and registration please visit www.trc-nrc.ca .

For more information on the TRC, please visit: www.trc.ca.