Background

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was established in 2008 and was tasked with documenting the history and impacts of the Canadian Indian residential school system on Indigenous students and their families. After conducting six years of study and hearing the stories of residential school survivors, the TRC released an Executive Summary of its findings and 94 “calls to action”. These calls to action now need to be heeded to realize healing for indigenous peoples and to enter into a new relationship between Canadians and Indigenous peoples.

Truth, Healing and Reconciliation (THR) Videos

Why a Reconciliation “Network”?

Many of us are actively involved with reconciliation.  Many of us have questions and aren’t sure where to turn for answers.  Many of us would like opportunities to learn more and to have dialogue with others.  In acknowledging all of this, our Reconciliation Network reflects the fact that we have no special committee or group responsible for reconciliation.  We are all part of the network.

A fluid working group is meeting at various times (rather than a set time/day) to nurture this network and everyone is welcome to join us.  This webpage will be evolving and changing.  Please email us at reconciliation@vancouverunitarians.ca with your questions, ideas and suggestions.

Monthly Truth & Reconciliation Discussion Table

The Social Justice Committee is hosting a discussion and information table on the first Sunday of each month. Please stop by to browse, discuss and share your thoughts about what Truth & Reconciliation means to you.
At this table you will find:
– Events at UCV and in the community related to reconciliation
– Books and DVDs that can be checked out
– Binders containing articles and historical document summaries
– People to converse with!

What can you do?

Read a book, watch a documentary, attend an event, take a course, join a discussion group. 

To get started, click on “Reconciliation Events in the community” and “Reconciliation Resources” below.

Reconciliation Events in the community

Reconciliation Resources