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TRC Collaborates with IBM and Aboriginal Human Resource Council

June 21, 2012

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) announced today a contribution from IBM Canada and the Aboriginal Human Resource Council (AHRC) that will assist the TRC to preserve and protect the statements of thousands of Indian Residential School Survivors.

“IBM Canada, in collaboration with the AHRC’s charitable arm, is providing the TRC with high-performance servers and increased storage capacity that make it possible for the TRC to fully meet its mandate in terms of the preservation and accessibility of Survivors’ statements,” said Kim Murray, Executive Director of the TRC.

This collaboration brings together: IBM Canada’s commitment to support education, culture and communities in need; AHRC’s goals to educate employers and support residential school survivors so they can move forward to further their education and employment; and the TRC’s mandate to inform Canadians about the experiences of Indian Residential School Survivors, in part by preserving their statements and making them available for future generations to study and learn from.

As one of Canada’s leading corporate citizens, IBM Canada provides support for education, workforce development, arts and culture and communities in need, through targeted grants and assets. Its contribution of servers and memory has a market value of $70,000.

The AHRC has a mandate to advance Aboriginal employment and economic development, and a registered charitable arm to help Aboriginal people overcome barriers that prevent their full participation in Canada’s labour market.

Since the TRC’s establishment in 2008, it has collected the statements, in video, audio or written format, of more than 3,000 Indian Residential School Survivors. The statements are given in public settings at national, regional or community events and hearings, or in private.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established as a result of the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Its mandate is to inform all Canadians about what happened in the 150-year history of the residential schools, and guide and inspire a process of reconciliation and renewed relationships based on mutual understanding and respect.

Contact

Heather Frayne
Media Relations
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Cell: 204.297.4853
Email: Heather.Frayne@trc.ca

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