Conference evaluates Truth and Reconciliation Commission

By Susanna Eayrs
May 09, 2014

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Western Law PhD student Shirley Wales delivered a paper comparing the Canadian and South African experiences with truth and reconciliation commissions to a one-day conference sponsored by Western’s Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction May 8 at Western Law.

Western Law’s Moot Court Room was the focus of intense discussion at a conference on the mandate and achievements of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Western’s Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction hosted the one-day conference at the law school on May 8 on the theme of Evaluating the Impact of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The commission, which is nearing the end of its mandate, was established to address the legacy of Indian Residential Schools.

The conference took a scholarly snapshot of the commission’s impact across a number of different aspects of the Canadian landscape. Those included the collective understanding of the legacy of colonialism; the role of the churches; the evolution of the term ‘reconciliation’ in legal matters; and other important elements.

Western Law was well-represented among the voices at the conference. Professor Michael Coyle presented a paper, Rethinking the Transformative Potential of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: A Skeptic’s Perspective, that considered whether the commission can actually promote meaningful reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people.

Western Law PhD student Shirley Wales presented a paper comparing the Canadian and South African experiences with truth and reconciliation commissions. She looked specifically at student-on-student violence in Indian Residential Schools and how this was factored into the design of Canada’s commission, and how this was different from the South African approach.

Professors Valerie Oosterveld and Michael Lynk also chaired panels at the conference. Oosterveld is the current director of Western’s Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction.

The conference was opened with a smudge ceremony by indigenous elders Dan and Mary Lou Smoke, and included speakers such as Dalhousie Law professor Jennifer Llewellyn and Kim Stanton of Stanton Legal in Toronto.























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