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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission held its closing ceremony in Ottawa earlier this year with much attention and promise that Canada and its first peoples will finally be able to reconcile after years of damage caused by the Indian Residential School experience. For many, the TRC offered former students a chance to share their experiences in the church- and government-run institutions that stripped away their language, culture, and childhood. For others, it was a time to reflect on the last 20 years when the first residential school lawsuits started to make their way through Canada’s judicial system and leak into the media. At that time, the public knew very little about Indian residential schools, but was about to learn of the horrors that went on inside those mostly unknown-to-the-public institutions.