ROMEO SAGANASH TO APPEAR BEFORE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION - He wants to talk about reconciliation and plan of action
April 25th, 2013 - 1:10pm
Val-d’Or — New Democrat MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou) will appear before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission this Friday, April 26th, to share his experience of the residential school era, but mostly to talk about reconciliation and propose a plan of action.
For him, hearing the testimonies of those who lived in residential schools will help people understand what many of Canada’s First Nations feel after suffering the consequences of the residential school’s policy of assimilation. He also wants to inspire hope by outlining the key principles he believes are most necessary for reconciliation.
“The work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is very important,” said Saganash. “I invite people to listen to the testimonies in order to understand and share a part of our experience, but also to reflect on ways to begin the healing process and achieve reconciliation between Canada’s peoples.
The Commission’s work in Montreal began Wednesday and will continue all week.