Excerpts from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report

National Post

After several years of holding events and hearing from First Nations people from around the country who were forcibly sent to residential schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued a summary of its final report on Tuesday. The following are a collection of excerpts from the 386-page report.

On being surrendered:

“For Frederick Ernest Koe, it started when the Anglican minister and the Mounted Police arrived with a message that he had to leave his parents’ home in Aklavik in the Northwest Territories that morning. ‘And I didn’t get to say goodbye to my dad or my brother Allan, didn’t get to pet my dogs or nothing.'”

“The day she left for the Lestock, Saskatchewan, school, Marlene Kayseas’s parents drove her into the town of Wadena. ‘There was a big truck there. It had a back door and that truck was full of kids and there was no windows on…

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