MOViNG TOWARDS TRUTH AND RECONCiLiATiON THROUGH ACCOUNTABiLiTY FOR REPARATiONSOF CRiMES AGAiNST IND
The importance of addressing reparations of the crimes against Indigenous children within Residential Schools is imperative for accountability, and more constructive than blanket statements placed on the institutions and policy-makers of the time the crimes were committed. Through better funded forensics teams and a more publically available online database on the locations and manners of the deaths of Indigenous children in unmarked graves, the federal government can take measures to support these reparations.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) collected the stories of Indigenous people who experienced the Indian Residential Schools policy and in 2015, the TRC released a report with 94 calls to action (Government of Canada, 2021). Within the report, there is a section of calls to action relating to Missing Children and Burial Information (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, 2015). During the summer of 2021, many mass unmarked grave sites were unearthed at previously operated Residential Schools across Canada, and there are likely many more that have not yet been unearthed. Canadians must support Indigenous people in unearthing unmarked Residential School graves and honour the children who never made it home. How can policymakers and the policy community better support these types of reparations? Construct a brief that addresses this area of policy concern.
Author: Hristina Veljanovska, Chin Wen (Alan) Fan, Mishaal Sabir, Anh Phan