(Center) Residential school survivor sharing her experiences.

In preparation for the Atlantic National Event from October 26-29 in Halifax, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) will host six Atlantic Hearings in September and October.

The purpose of the Atlantic Hearings are to inform the public about the Commission’s work and statement gathering process, and provide survivors with time to reflect and share their experiences in lead up to the TRC’s third National Event.

These Hearings will provide an opportunity for Residential School Survivors to share with the Commission and Canada the unique experiences of children who attended Residential Schools.

What is a Community Hearing?

A Community Hearing is:

  • An opportunity to share your experiences publicly with the TRC Commissioners or via private statement gathering;
  • A Forum for community leaders to present on behalf of their communities;
  • A safe place to hear and share in other’s experiences;
  • A safe place to learn about the legacy and impacts of residential school; and
  • An opportunity to bear witness to this important event.

Community Hearings are not part of an IAP claims process.

The Atlantic Hearings and the upcoming Atlantic National Event also provide opportunities for all Canadians, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, to learn more about and bear witness to the legacy of the Residential School system.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established as a result of the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Its mandate is to inform all Canadians about what happened in the 150 year history of the Residential Schools, and guide and inspire a process of reconciliation and renewed relationships based on mutual understanding and respect.

Atlantic Hearing Schedule

  • Fredericton, NB, Government House, 51 Woodstock Road, September 8, 9am to 6pm;
  • Goose Bay, NL, Mapping the Way Building, September, 20, 9am to 6pm;
  • Hopedale, NL, Department of Health and Social Development, September 22, 9am to 6pm. And on September 23, 9am to noon;
  • Charlottetown, PEI, Rodd Charlottetown, 75 Kent Street, October 4, 9am to 6pm;
  • Indian Brook, NS, Indian Brook Community Hall, October 12,  9am to 6pm; and
  • Eskasoni, NS, October 14, 9am to 6pm.

TRC Hearings are free and open to everyone. Health Support Workers are available on site.

For more information on the Hearings and Live Webcasts visit trc.ca or Call toll-free 1 (888) TRC-5554

Join us for the Atlantic National Event in Halifax, October 26-29, 2011 at the World Trade and Convention Centre.

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