Recap and Closing Ceremony of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s National Event

In this fifteen-minute news report, CBC News reporter Duncan McCue takes viewers behind the scenes of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s National Event in Vancouver held October 18th-21st, 2013.  He includes interviews and scenes from the hearings and other events.

TRC One of the Pillars at the Entrance to the Panel AreaThe Closing Ceremony was held in the Panel Area, a space that was made to feel like a longhouse.

Leslie in front of one of the pillars at the entrance to the Panel Area

Leslie in front of one of the pillars at the entrance to the Panel Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bentwood Box into which artifacts and writings are offered as part of the permanent record of the TRC can be seen at the front on the left.

The Bentwood Box into which artifacts and writings are offered as part of the permanent record of the TRC can be seen at the front on the left.

Commissioners Chief Wilton Littlechild, Dr. Marie Wilson, and Jusice Murray Sinclair introducing the Survivor Birthday Party Celebration.

Commissioners Chief Wilton Littlechild, Dr. Marie Wilson, and Jusice Murray Sinclair introducing the Survivor Birthday Party Celebration.

A Birthday Party for Survivors was held during the Closing Ceremonies.  Churches in the lower mainland provided 4,000 cupcakes for the party.  Everyone received a cupcake and glowstick.  While the cupcakes were being distributed, “Happy Birthday” was sung in English and then in as many First Nations’ languages as were present as well as French and in sign language.

Justice Murray Sinclair giving closing remarks at the Closing Ceremonies of the TRC National Event on September 21st.

Justice Murray Sinclair giving closing remarks at the Closing Ceremonies of the TRC National Event on September 21st.

 

 

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