Content with ITK’s TRC proposal


My goodness! Confusion reigns with all that grumbling over the recent appointments to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

What is the exact purpose of all that grumbling?

Let’s all take a deep breath and look at the situation rationally. Most of us in the communities expected at least one Inuk to be selected to the commission as we believed our leaders were doing an adequate job of lobbying for an Inuk appointee.

If we hadn’t, we would have been flooding the necessary offices with phone calls, letters and such. We would have had strategy meetings in the communities.

We did not do that. Most of us just waited for the appointments.

As I understand it, part of the TRC commissioners’ mandate is to listen to the truth and distinguish it from the untruth.

Therefore, I believe the recently appointed commissioners are intelligent and competent individuals with inherent abilities to understand the truth wherever it comes from and however it is stated. Let us stop insulting their intelligence with our grumbling.

Meanwhile, part of the TRC’s mandate is to document the truth. This truth includes my truth and I feel my truth needs to be told and documented.

I believe it is not my place to worry whether my truth is understood or not.

The TRC is an avenue whereby each of us willing will be able to share our truth and have it documented. This is our chance to look at our truth, rail at it, and finally start accepting it for what it was and is. This is our chance to hear another’s truth and start understanding what happened and why. I am encouraging my fellow residential school survivors to seriously consider this great opportunity.

As this will be an on-going issue for some time, I am encouraged by ITK’s resolution to help implement a system for Inuit truth inclusion.

We need to be supportive of each other during this difficult process. God bless you all.

John Illupalik

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