Native healing hearings open in Winnipeg

CBC News

Emotions are expected to be running high Wednesday as thousands of aboriginal residential school survivors meet in Winnipeg for the opening hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The hearings will give aboriginal people the opportunity to confront years of pain and to tell their stories of abuse in the residential school system.

The gathering is a follow-up to the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement reached in 2006. That gave roughly 80,000 former students about $1.9 billion in compensation, and it also set up a forum for their stories to be heard and recorded.

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