Ottawa balked at high cost of releasing residential school records -Globe and Mail

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Dec. 19 2012

It was meant to be a permanent and public record of a sad chapter in Canadian history.

But it has evolved into a court battle between the government and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission over who is responsible for collecting millions of documents about the country’s aboriginal residential schools.

The government had intended the documents to be the basis of a resource centre at the University of Manitoba, where survivors and their families could find out what happened behind the walls of the church-run schools.

Federal departments knew they were required to produce the material, but a senior bureaucrat has indicated they procrastinated for years, then dumped the burden on the commission when costs mounted and time ran short.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was established in 2008 as part of the $1.9-billion settlement between former students, the Canadian government, the churches, and others, to record the experience of the schools.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-balked-at-high-cost-of-releasing-residential-school-records/article6550829/

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