Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission is turning to the public for suggestions on how best to commemorate the legacy of Indian Residential Schools.
The TRC presently has a budget of $10 million to devote to memorials or events to honor those that were forced to attend the government and church run schools where horrific abuses took place over the course a century.
The TRC is reaching out to artists, churches, aboriginal groups and anyone else to submit project proposals before March 18. The projects could include anything from public events, film, community banquets, or plaques or monuments at the site of where a residential school once stood.
In total, $20 million will be made available for this initiative and this call will provide for $10 million for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
The TRC will review and evaluate all of the proposals they receive and then make their suggestions to the Federal Government who will in turn administer the funds.
To submit a proposal or find out more about this project, go to www.trc.ca