Welcome to this section of the TRC web site dedicated to the sharing of stories of and about reconciliation. Here you will also find resources and links to sites where you can learn about reconciliation and reconciliation efforts around the IRS legacy in Canada as well as from other countries with similar experiences.

We know that reconciliation is very hard to categorize or explain. It means one something to someone, and perhaps carries a very different feeling or meaning to someone else. It is at its core very individual, yet when considered collectively, reconciliation can change the very way we look at ourselves and at our fellow citizens.

We also know that many communities and individuals are doing great work in the area of reconciliation. If you would like to have your particular story featured on our site, please contact us at Send us your story and we will endeavor to feature it on our web site on under Expressions of Reconciliation.

Over the past few years, many Canadians have come forward to help the TRC in a variety of ways. By participating in the work of the TRC, including in our ‘It Matters to Me’ and our ‘Honourary Witness’ initiatives Canadians have become part of our Circle of Reconciliation.

While the past cannot be changed, together we can create a new understanding of our shared history - this knowledge can lead to respectful relations for the future. This is one of the greatest hopes for the TRC, a growing reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.

Reconciliation matters to all Canadians. As we explore with honesty a
sad part of our past, we work to build a positive, courageous image of how we
view our self as a country, and wish to be seen by the world community.

For us to succeed, we echo the words of one of the TRC’s strongest supporters and the inaugural Honourary Witness, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean:

“I call on Canadians – elders and youth, Aboriginal or not – to commit to reconciliation and breaking down the wall of indifference.”