Canadian Human Rights Commission commends TRC on final report and calls for action

December 15, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Human Rights Commission

Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, issues the following statement in light of the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s final report:

The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) congratulates the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on releasing its final report and its 94 recommendations.

All Canadians must acknowledge the dark chapter of residential schools in our country’s collective history and the continuing impacts on First Nations, Métis and Inuit people and communities. Reconciliation must involve everyone. Only through understanding and recognition can we ensure that this type of tragedy is never allowed to happen again.

The CHRC honours the courage of all survivors of the schools and their families. We honour the keepers of the stories, both told and untold. And we have the deepest respect for the survivors and their families who came forward to shine a light on the devastating truth that had long been ignored.

It is now time for action. We call on the Government of Canada to implement the TRC report’s 94 recommendations. And we call on Canadians to come together to promote reconciliation and effect change. It can start in our workplaces, in our communities, in our schools, in our neighbourhoods, and within our own families. We are all part of this story going forward, and we can all contribute. My Canada includes everyone.

Marie-Claude Landry, Ad. E., Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission

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