A pilgrimage, not just a fun paddle

This 25-day-long, 850-kilometre canoe trip was organized in response to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

The TRC, which was part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, began in 2009 and spent 5 years uncovering the tragic history of Residential Schools in Canada. These schools were part of a policy of active assimilation that aimed to cut young Indigenous people off from their familial and cultural roots and impose on them a European culture. The TRC, through national events, provided a place where the survivors of these schools could share their tragic experiences in this system.

Vertical shot of a Native American Hobi Indian in a sepia or black and white tone. ** Note: Visible grain at 100%, best at smaller sizesVICTORIA BC CANADA JUNE 24 2015: Unidentified Native Indian people in traditional costume. First Nations in BC constitute a large number of First Nations governments and peoples in the province of BC

The Jesuits, acknowledging their role in the residential school in Spanish, Ontario, are committed to the healing and reconciliation process. The Jesuits were given the opportunity to read a Statement of Reconciliation at the TRC National Event in Montreal in April 2013.