Truth and Reconciliation

A message from Queen's Principal Daniel Woolf upon the release of the final report of Queen's Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force. March 2017.

Queen’s University participated in a number of traditions that caused harm to Indigenous communities, and the university failed to educate our students on the long history of deep-rooted conflicts between Canada and Indigenous Peoples. We must acknowledge these failures in order to move forward and change the narrative together. We can, and will, do better.

Daniel Woolf
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force

The national Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its final report in December 2015 on the history and legacy of Canada’s Indian Residential School system. The report includes 94 calls to action focused on redressing the legacy of residential schools and advancing reconciliation. In response, a university-wide task force was established to respond to the TRC calls to action directed at post-secondary institutions and develop a set of proposals that support our Indigenous students, staff, and faculty; enhance academic programs and research related to Indigenous peoples and experiences; and create a welcoming and culturally validating learning environment.

The task force’s final report "Yakwanastahentéha Aankenjigemi | Extending the Rafters" outlines 25 recommendations for sustained institutional change, including strengthening relationships with Indigenous communities; promoting a deeper understanding of Indigenous histories, knowledge systems, and experiences; and creating a campus that values and reflects Indigenous histories and perspectives.

Learn more: Truth and Reconciliation