Auditor General: Full truth about residential schools stymied by discord


Michael Woods
Published: April 30, 2013, 10:21 am

OTTAWA — Canadians may never learn the full history of the Indian residential school system because the federal government and a commission responsible for studying the matter are at odds over how to assemble the facts, the auditor general has found.

The federal government and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission have disagreed on basic questions such as who will cover what costs, the time frame that should be covered, and which documents are relevant to the historical record, according to the report tabled in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

The result, the audit found, is that with only 15 months remaining in the commission’s five-year mandate, no one knows what’s needed to create the historical record, what remains to be done, and how much time and money is needed to do the job.

“We are concerned that the lack of cooperation, delays and looming deadline stand in the way of creating the historical record of Indian residential schools as it was originally intended,” said Auditor General Michael Ferguson.

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