Truth and Reconciliation Canada has a mandate to learn the truth about what happened in the residential schools and to inform all Canadians about what happened in the schools.
The Commission will document the truth of what happened by relying on records held by those who operated and funded the schools, testimony from officials of the institutions that operated the schools, and experiences reported by survivors, their families, communities and anyone personally affected by the residential school experience and its subsequent impacts.
The Commission hopes to guide and inspire First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples and Canadians in a process of truth and healing leading toward reconciliation and renewed relationships based on mutual understanding and respect. The Commission views reconciliation as an ongoing individual and collective process that will require participation from all those affected by the residential school experience.
This includes First Nations, Inuit, and Métis former students, their families, communities, religious groups, former Indian Residential School employees, government, and the people of Canada.