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June 3, 2015

WATERLOO – The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) has released its report on the Indian Residential School System and the effect on Canada’s Aboriginal communities.

There are several Laurier experts available to comment on the report.

Terry Mitchell, associate professor in Laurier’s Psychology program, is an expert on Indigenous rights and residential school survivors. Contact information: 519-884-0710 x2052 or at

Areas of expertise:

  • Residential school system survivors and healing
  • Internationalization of Indigenous rights
  • Colonial trauma

Carole Leclair, associate professor in the Indigenous and Society, Culture, and Environment program, is an expert in Indigenous studies. Contact information: 519-756-8228 x5729 or at

Areas of expertise:

  • Indigenous studies
  • Radical democracies
  • Cultural landscapes
  • Women’s activisms

Kim Anderson, associate professor in Laurier’s Indigenous Studies program is an expert on Aboriginal women. She is the author of Life Stages and Native Women: Memory, Teachings, and Story Medicine. Contact information: 519-756-8228 x5643 or at

Areas of expertise:

  • Indigenous women
  • Health and well-being of Indigenous families

Jorge Heine, professor in Laurier’s Political Science program and distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), is an expert on the Truth commissions prior to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Contact information:

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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070


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