Join The Truth And Reconciliation Commission

May 27, 2022

Join The Truth And Reconciliation Commission

All humans need an authentic narrative to make sense of what happens around them. Without proper closure, the brain will constantly keep going back to what happened, making it difficult to move on.

However, what about closure after episodes of conflict and mass violation of human rights? How can one create feelings of trust and goodwill after a tragic event? It seems almost impossible, doesn’t it?

Keeping this in mind, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was created through a legal settlement between Residential Schools Survivors, the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit representatives and the parties responsible for the creation and operation of the schools.

This commission is solely responsible for informing all Canadians about what happened in residential schools by documenting the truth of Survivors, their families, communities and anyone personally affected by the residential school experience.

However, even after the development of TRC and the awareness it spread, at Mediation Services , we saw that many people still had an issue understanding TRC’s principles of reconciliation and how to start.

Hence, we came up with an online workshop dubbed ‘Making Truth and Reconciliation Real: Understanding and Implementing the TRC Calls to Action.’

About The Workshop

Over the last several years, Canada has seen growing interest and awareness around reconciliation. This was spurred on, in part by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) which operated between 2008-2015. The TRC delivered a series of final reports including their findings and recommendations for reconciliation. This work included 94 Calls to Action which provided specific guidance on how Canadians could support reconciliation moving forward.

Many people are interested in actively participating in reconciliation work and being part of a positive change – but they don’t know where to start. Reconciliation can seem overwhelming when you’re not sure what to do or how to do it.

This course supports work toward reconciliation by building knowledge and inspiring change. Centred on the TRC Principles of Reconciliation, the course will help participants develop a deeper understanding of our shared history, current realities and the work of the TRC. The agenda will also include practical ways for supporting reconciliation work, including how to implement the TRC Calls to Action. Participants will leave with both an understanding as well as practical ideas for where and how they can become involved in reconciliation.

The objectives of this workshop are:

  • Understand the context for the TRC and the Calls to Action
  • Gain deeper insight into what reconciliation means and how it can be implemented
  • Review the TRC learnings and Calls to Action
  • Reflect on ways to act on the TRC Calls to Action and Principles of Reconciliation

You can register here.

Importance Of Truth And Reconciliation

Truth and reconciliation commissions have been working towards making the community a better place since the 1970s. Over the years, these commissions have helped society, in general, to pay more attention to mass violations of human rights.

In most cases, these commissions have focused on crimes carried out by a government against its own citizens. Hence, the TRC is not a court and it has no legal authority. It cannot indict, charge, or convict; rather it is a safe place that serves to open discussion and develop relationships about the difficult subjects surrounding the residential school experience.

Moreover, it does not signify or facilitate a transition from one regime to another. According to experts, it is restorative justice rather than transitional justice.

If you want to be a part of this but do not know how to, enroll in our course today.

About Us

Mediation Services in Winnipeg offers training programs to help you learn mediation and leadership skills. We conduct online zoom and asynchronous webinars for different issues. Such modules will help you to improve your communication and solve family, workplace, and personal conflicts. To check out our training courses, visit this link here or contact us for further assistance.

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