Independent Senator Murray Sinclair is one of Canada’s leading experts on reconciliation. As the former head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 2009 to 2015, he led the team that documented 7,000 statements from survivors of the notorious Indian residential schools across Canada. The schools, which ran from the 1870s to 1996, were legally mandated by the federal government and run by churches across the country to forcibly remove First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children between the ages four and 16 from their families, and existed in order take away the children’s language and culture. It’s estimated 150,000 children were removed from their families and between 3,200 and 6,000 children died at the schools.
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