Government of Canada appoints Madeleine Basile to Indian Residential School Survivor Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Ottawa, Ontario (June 15, 2010) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians today announced the appointment of Ms. Madeleine Basile to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Indian Residential School Survivor Committee.
"I am very pleased that Ms. Basile has agreed to serve on the Survivor Committee," said Minister Strahl. "She brings a wealth of experience as an Indian residential school survivor, an Aboriginal woman and a francophone, and her unique perspective will contribute greatly to the important work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission."
A member of the Atikamekw people in the Wemotaci community of northern Quebec, Ms. Basile is the Regional Coordinator for the Koskikewetan Project, a program that provides therapy and one-on-one counselling to individuals, couples and families in her own and surrounding communities.
Established on July 15, 2009, the Survivor Committee consists of ten representatives; seven are First Nations, two are Inuit and one is Métis. In December of that year, the federal government received a formal request from Justice Murray Sinclair, Chairman of the TRC, to fill a vacancy left by the passing of Mr. Raymond Arcand. Justice Sinclair requested that consideration be given to having a female representative to respect the Aboriginal tradition of gender balance.
Although appointments to the committee are made by the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, they are done so in close collaboration with the Assembly of First Nations and other stakeholders, all of whom wholeheartedly endorsed the appointment of Ms. Basile.
The announcement comes as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission launches its first national event hosting over 5,000 people including former students, leaders of national and regional Aboriginal organizations, church groups and members of the general public. Established in 2008, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is intended to create a lasting and positive legacy of the stories and experiences of Indian Residential School survivors.
For more information, please contact:
Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
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