Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)
Truth and Reconciliation
The Commission hopes to guide and inspire Massachusetts based Tribal Nations and peoples in a process of truth and healing leading toward reconciliation and renewed relationships based on mutual understanding and respect.
The Commission views reconciliation as an ongoing individual and collective process that will require participation from all those affected by our oppressive society and discriminative experience. This includes Massachusetts tribal nations, indians, colored peoples, students, their families, communities, religious groups, court authorities, law enforcement, Hospital and staff, government, and the people of Massachusetts.
What will the TRC do?
The TRC will:
Prepare a complete commission that consists of 5 committees that will commit to assessing and evaluating direct past and present violations comitted against Massachusetts tribal peoples from an indigenous perspective. Complete a public report in the fashion of a UPR United Nations style ( Universal Periodic Review ) and draft recommendations to the parties of where and who the Indian violations made or have been comitted against. We seek to establish a local research centre within a tribal government center / building that will be a lasting resource and healing opportunity for indian and non indian peoples.
Provide a holistic, culturally appropriate and safe setting for Indian tribes and peoples, their families and communities in which to share their experiences with the Commission. Anyone affected by the oppressive behavior of society might share his or her story by providing a written or recorded statement, in a private one-on-one interview or through a public discussion/ forum wheather they are indigenous or not. Participation is voluntary and participants can choose how they want to share. REMEBER TRUTH IS HEALING !!!!
TRC Massachusetts will commit to hosting seven statewide events in different regions of Massachusetts.
Support community events designed by individual communities to meet their unique needs.
Coordinate document collection and undertake specific research to be incorporated into the TRC Report and the Local Research Centre.
Support outreach, media and communication efforts.
Support commemoration activities that honour Massachusett indigenous peoples, tribes, places, and significant events or ceremonies and pay tribute in a lasting manner.
Health Support will be provided by co counseling groups throughout Massachusetts. Health support includes professional counseling, co and peer counseling, one on one discharging sessions and Resolution Health Support Workers, and tribal Elder support through traditional talking circles and counseling sessions
Committe members will provide vision and direction to the lead members on the sterring comitee and lead facilitator of the TRC team, who work together to carry out the mandate of the TRC.The TRC's local meeting space will be in the trustees office of the Newton Library in Newton Massachusetts. The TRC will have smaller offices in designated and donated office space areas around Massachusetts. Over time, the TRC will engage a limited number of staff in each region of the state. The 10-member steering commitee advises the over all Commission.