Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) set out to understand the causes, experiences, and impacts of the residential school system on Indigenous peoples. The commission revealed that the system caused the deaths of over 6,000 people, while psychological, social, and physical problems affected many more. A link between the schools' impact and the current crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is made apparent in the TRC's report.
The legacy of the residential schools was labelled a “cultural genocide” by Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin.
The commission was only established years after the last residential school had finally closed. In their time, the residential school system was considered a non-issue, not worth investigating – just like the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls of today. Indigenous women in Canada are subject to disproportionately high levels of violence, yet the call for an inquiry remains unanswered. The TRC report connected the impact of residential schools with the reality of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
A truth-seeking initiative, led by communities.
Communities have strengths and skills which are uniquely suited to solving their own problems. National inquiries focus on applying large scale solutions, usually in the form of policies. Community-based processes identify strengths and skills, enabling the community to organize, plan, and find solutions collectively. Everyone can be involved in the process, working together and fostering stronger community relations. Your donations will help make the difference in creating and implementing community-based interventions to address the missing and murdered indigenous women crisis.
Through these processes, we'll document how individuals, families, and communities currently manage the problems facing their communities. This knowledge will guide us to understand the causes and solutions of the problem – allowing families and communities begin to heal.