Established by court order to record the history, personal accounts and impact of the Indian Residential School System in Canada – will host seven national events in different regions across Canada.
The national events are being held to engage the Canadian public and provide education about the history of the Residential Schools, the experience of former students and their families, and the ongoing legacies and impacts of the institutions within communities. The national events will also be opportunities to celebrate regional diversity and honour those touched by residential schools.
The Saskatoon national event will be held June 21-24 at Prairieland Park (as well as at Diefenbaker Park and Wanuskewin Heritage Park). Thousands are expected to attend the event which will include hearings, where those affected by residential schools will share their stories, and where all members of the community will be welcome to listen, to hear about the residential schools and their ongoing impact on our country and our society, as well as on individuals, on families and on relationships.
The gathering will also include celebrations, displays, entertainment and cultural events. There will be opportunities to participate, to listen and to volunteer.
Bishop Donald Bolen and the other Catholic bishops of Saskatchewan are among the church leaders in Canada encouraging participation in the TRC process, as a journey of healing, solidarity and reconciliation.
Saskatchewan Bishops’ Letter about TRC:
Truth and Reconciliation Commission Pastoral Letter (PDF)