FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 6 /2015 PRESS STATEMENT ON THE SUMMARY OF THE FINAL REPORT OF THE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION OF CANADA

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has released the Summary of its Final

Report. As Chief of the Blood Tribe, I am pleased that the Summary has been released

because it is very important that this part of our history be told. The Summary validates

what our people have experienced and also recognizes the tremendous detrimental

effects that the residential school system has had on generations of our people.

More importantly, the Summary illustrates the enduring strength of our people to survive

despite repeated attempts to eradicate us through various forms of abuse, and despite

the many attempts to destroy our cultural, political and social ways of being. We are

both proud of and grateful to our people who found the courage to share their stories

with the Commission.

All Canadians need to know this history so that they can be aware of and acknowledge

the cultural genocide that Canada instituted against our people. As the Commissioners

recognize, awareness and acknowledgment are some of the first steps towards

reconciliation, and that reconciliation is “about coming to terms with events of the past in

a manner that overcomes conflict and establishes a respectful and healthy relationship

among people, going forward.”

It is my hope that the findings of the Commission will be a catalyst for real change in

such a manner that includes honouring the Treaties and engaging in meaningful

dialogue with First Nations to effect such reconciliation.

For more information contact:

Rick Tailfeathers

Blood Tribe Communications

403.308.0760

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