The truth part is easy. It’s the reconciliation that is going to be difficult.
Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission wrapped up its six-year inquiry this week. Modeled after a similar venture in post-Apartheid South Africa, the Commission was struck to hear the stories of the survivors of Canada’s residential schools for Aboriginal students, a system that would be described in the report as “cultural genocide.”
I won’t go into the depressing details. I am willing to believe the intent was well-meaning, but that makes little difference when you consider the impact on the students, their families and the aboriginal community. Truly the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.
To me the big question remains: does anyone care? I know Canada’s Aboriginal people do. They wanted the opportunity to tell their stories, to detail the abuses they suffered at the hands of the European immigrants. But did the descendants…
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