“I believe that as commissioners we have reached the conclusion that the term “cultural genocide” is probably the best way to describe what happened here [in Canada].”
“It is precisely because education was the primary tool used to oppress the Aboriginal peoples and because all Canadians have been poorly educated in this matter that we have come to the conclusion that education is the key to reconciliation.”
The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair
Speech given at the release of the final report of the
Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Ottawa in December 2015.