“Reconciliation is about forging and maintaining respectful relationships”
“We need to look at this from the perspective of where do we want to be in three or four or five or seven generations from now when we talk about the relationship between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people in this country. If we can agree on what that relationship needs to look like in the future, then what we need to think about is what we can do today that would contribute to that objective”
“Reconciliation will be about ensuring that everything we do today is aimed at that high standard of restoring that balance to that relationship.”
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission hopes to guide and inspire First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples and Canadians in a process of truth and healing leading toward reconciliation and renewed relationships based on mutual understanding and respect.
The Commission views reconciliation as an ongoing individual and collective process that will require participation from all those affected by the residential school experience. This includes First Nations, Inuit, and Métis former students, their families, communities, religious groups, former Indian Residential School employees, government, and the people of Canada.
The name Canada comes from the Huron-Iroquois Indian word, “kanata”
which means village or settlement.