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TRC report should be regarded as ‘a beginning,’ Education professor tells CBC Radio

Mandatory treaty education is important, says Frank Deer, who attended event

June 3, 2015 — 

Frank Deer, director of Indigenous initiatives and an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education, spoke with several CBC Radio stations across the country on June 3 about the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) report on June 2. The TRC released its findings about the country’s Residential School System during the closing ceremonies in Ottawa.

Frank Deer

Frank Deer

In this CBC podcast, beginning at 28:15, he spoke to the Early Edition on CBC Radio in British Columbia.

Deer said the ceremony was tinged with not only sadness, but also some celebration.

“My thoughts were mostly with the survivors and their families,” said Deer. “It was emotional for me to be there.”

“This should not be regarded as the end, just because the report was handed over. This should be regarded as the beginning.”

Deer said the report will allow all Canadians to have a “grander opportunity to better understand one another.”

He also spoke about improving the education system, saying that mandatory treaty education is important.

Listen to the full interview here. 

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