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Editorial: The election’s over — let’s get to work on reconciliation with Indigenous peoples – Varsity

Following Indigenous Education Week, we reflect on the role of government, university, and media in reconciliation

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)’s final report, released in 2015, documented the history and lasting legacy of Canada’s residential school system, where the government forcibly removed Indigenous children from their communities and placed them in abusive schools that aimed to erase their culture and identity.

We know that this colonial history, which is not limited to residential schools, has led to high rates of poverty, unemployment, suicide, substance abuse, and poorer health and education outcomes in Indigenous communities. Yet institutional responses have been inadequate, and meaningful action is lacking.

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