Ottawa, ON – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo expressed support for the one year extension of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) so it can better fulfill its mandate set out in the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) of 2007.

“On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations and the national executive committee, I welcome the announcement by the Government of Canada, in conjunction with parties to the IRSSA, to extend resources to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission so it can continue its important work of assisting survivors in their healing journey and informing all Canadians of this tragic chapter in our shared history,” said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo.  “The legacy of residential schools continues to impact all of us, and support for the important work of the TRC will help all Canadians become aware of the realities faced by First Nations – historically and today.  Education was the weapon used to try to sever First Nations from their cultures, traditions and languages. Today it must be the tool to strengthen our citizens, cultures and languages through First Nations control of First Nations education.  The work of the TRC will help Canadians understand why this is so important to First Nations and how we can move forward together to reconciliation.”

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