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Premier Responds to Commission Report

The final report of the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission was released today, Tuesday, Dec. 15, and Premier Stephen McNeil said Nova Scotia will answer its call to action.

"The suffering caused as a result of the residential school system in Canada is felt across generations and throughout our country," said Premier McNeil, who is also Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. "Acknowledging what took place is an essential first step in beginning to right these horrific wrongs. Nova Scotia is committed to continuing to work hand-in-hand with our aboriginal partners as well as our federal, provincial and territorial colleagues to answer the call to action from the commission."

The commission was established in 2009 to learn the truth about what happened in Canada's residential schools, inform all Canadians and identify actions.

The commission recommended that curriculum on residential schools, treaties, and aboriginal history be developed and made mandatory.

There are opportunities for progress to be made in Nova Scotia. Work already started includes:

  • development of an online treaty education resource for all educators in Nova Scotia
  • integration of aspects of treaty education, including Mi'kmaw language and culture, into the newly streamlined grades primary to three curriculum with more integration to come as the streamlining process continues
  • distribution of 3OO education kits entitled 100 Years of Loss: The Residential School System in Canada to all high schools in the province
  • signing of a memorandum of understanding on treaty education

The province will review the comprehensive report and continue to work with Mi'kmaq leaders to understand local priorities.

To read the full report visit http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=890 .


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Premier Stephen McNeil says Nova Scotia will answer the

call to action of the final report of the National Truth and

Reconciliation Commission that was released today (December

15th).

The commission was established in 2009 to learn the truth

about what happened in Canada's residential schools, inform all

Canadians and identify actions.

Premier McNeil, who is also Minister of Aboriginal Affairs,

says acknowledging what took place is an essential first step in

righting horrific wrongs.

The province will review the comprehensive report and work

with local Mi'kmaq leaders to understand priorities.

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