WINNIPEG — Following the tabling of the Federal Budget 2022, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) is releasing the following statement:
“We are thrilled that this budget delivers sustainable funding towards the construction and operation of a new home for the NCTR, along with increased support related to the missing children and unmarked graves, and the full disclosure of federal documents related to residential schools.
The financial support for the NCTR’s new home will allow us to fulfill our vision of constructing a new building to house the existing sacred items, five million historical records, and seven thousand Survivor statements gathered during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) — along with many other sacred items and documents that will be gathered in the years to come. We are truly thankful to Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Miller, and many others who are working with us on the ongoing path of seeking the truth for the Survivors, their families and communities.
The TRC tabled its final report and 94 Calls to Action more than six years ago. The NCTR provides a place of learning and dialogue for ongoing conversations about the implementation of the TRC’s Calls to Action. We’ve expanded Truth and Reconciliation Week educational activities, conducted research into millions of records to find the children who did not return from residential schools, collaborated on the establishment of national monuments to memorialize residential schools, and established the Na-mi-quai-ni-mak (I remember them) Community Support Fund. We have also acted as a convenor and resource for people seeking support to educate themselves to enable reconciliation.
As more unmarked graves are discovered, and more residential school records are turned over from the Federal Government and Churches, the additional funds announced in today’s budget will help us keep up with the growing need to serve Survivors, their families, and the many nations that need their records in their hands.
Our vision for the new NCTR home will include an international learning lodge where Survivors, their families, all Canadians, and the world can come to learn about residential schools and the human rights of Indigneous peoples that must be fulfilled to prevent future human rights atrocities and to address the harms of the past abuses that continue to impact Indigenous peoples.”
– Stephanie Scott, Executive Director, NCTR
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