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Charting a path toward reconciliation

  • [RCAP conference panel]
    Marlene Brant Castellano offers her comments during a tribute to the commissioners who served on the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The group includes (left to right) Mary Sillett (RCAP), René Dussault (RCAP), Viola Robinson (RCAP), Peter Meekison (RCAP), Paul Chartrand (RCAP), Marie Wilson (TRC), and Fred Wien, former deputy director for RCAP. (Photo by Ariel Root)
  • [Metis jiggers]
    Métis jiggers perform during the Honouring Ceremony that was part of Sharing the Land, Sharing a Future: A National Forum on Reconciliation. (Photo by Ariel Root)
  • [Peter Meekison accepts feather]
    Peter Meekison, former RCAP commissioner and current fellow with Queen's Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, accepts the gift of an eagle feather from Ariel Root, a Carleton University PhD candidate. Commissioners who served on RCAP and the TRC were honoured during the recent national forum. (Photo by Patrick Keating)
  • [Carolyn Bennett and Marlene Brant Castellano]
    The Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development, offers her remarks during Sharing the Land, Sharing a Future: A National Forum on Reconciliation. Looking on is Marlene Brant Castellano, former Co-Director of Research for RCAP and current Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Council at Queen’s University. (Photo by Patrick Keating)

Sharing the Land, Sharing a Future – a national forum hosted by several organizations and academic institutions including Queen’s University and its School of Policy Studies – was held recently in Winnipeg. The national forum explored the legacy and impact of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP), which issued its final report 20 years ago. The forum included several panels and ceremonies, including a tribute to the commissioners who served on the RCAP as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The national forum also featured the launch of the RCAP publications, testimony, research by Library and Archives Canada. The material, which has been inaccessible for years, can now be viewed using a searchable online database hosted on the Library and Archives Canada website