Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

A wiser Canada

  • Print

THE federal government should waste no more time or money by appealing an Ontario judge’s ruling that it must provide all its documents that are relevant to the Canada’s inquiry into Indian Residential Schools. Instead, a federal committee should be struck to work with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to narrow, as best it can, the breadth of research required to dig out archived records touching on the history of residential schools.

The first schools operated under the federal policy opened in the 1880s and the last closed in 1996. Many millions of documents would have been produced over those years; the commission believes some 23 federal departments and agencies are involved. Ottawa did not believe it was compelled to produce the records, but this week Ontario Superior Court Justice Stephen Gouge said the language of the 2006 settlement setting up the commission clearly puts an unqualified obligation on Ottawa.

This is a victory for Canadians. The commission is tasked with compiling a complete and permanent record of the residential school legacy. Much of what is known now comes from easily accessed documents and the oral accounts mainly from former students.

The fuller story remains to be told and government documents are critical to that, and to the centre where the complete record is to be filed as a national trove. A government that would deny Canadians the ability to review their history obstructs the difficult reconciliation so necessary to a better, wiser Canada.

 

Editorials are the consensus view of the Winnipeg Free Press’ editorial board, comprising Catherine Mitchell, David O’Brien, Shannon Sampert, and Paul Samyn.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

It’s the End Of the Term And They Know It, Part Two

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • PHIL.HOSSACK@FREEPRESS.MB.CA 100527-Winnipeg Free Press THe Provencher Foot Bridge is lit up
  • June 24, 2012 - 120624  -  Amusement riders on the last day of The Ex Sunday June 24, 2012.    John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Are you still on the Bombers' and Jets' bandwagons?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google