To some people, “reconciliation” is the re-establishment of a conciliatory state. However, this is a state that many aboriginal people assert has never existed between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people. To others, “reconciliation,” in the context of Indian residential schools, is similar to dealing with a situation of family violence. It is about coming to terms with events of the past in a manner that overcomes conflict and establishes a respectful and healthy relationship among people going forward. It is in the latter context that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) has approached the question of reconciliation.
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