The Department of Anthropology recognizes and fully supports the crucially important work carried out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The TRC along with scores of community volunteers created an otherwise unavailable forum for survivors and others involved with the residential school system to share their experiences, revealing the multiple forms of symbolic, spiritual, psychological, and/or physical violence experienced by survivors, their families, communities, and nations. This process does not end with a published report. It requires an ongoing commitment to serve as allies in struggles to redress inequities – for instance, in education, health and housing – and to contribute to the fortification of cultural knowledge systems and language communities. All the members of our Department and especially those who are actively involved in community-based research with First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Peoples are fully committed to supporting the work of the reconciliation that was initiated by the TRC process.
The Department of Anthropology encourages viewers to visit the Canadian Anthropology Association (CASCA) statement on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada 2015, found at: http://www.cas-sca.ca/publications/dossiers/truth-and-reconciliation-commission-of-Canada