The Salt Spring Forum and Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) proudly present Marie Wilson, Commissioner on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). The TRC is a component of the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. It is mandated to create a public historical record, promote awareness about the residential schools system and its impacts, and produce a report and recommendations to the Government of Canada.
Prior to her appointment to the TRC, Marie Wilson worked for more than three decades as a journalist and later as the CBC’s senior manager for northern Quebec and the three northern territories. From CBC, Wilson launched the first daily television news service for northern Canada. She developed the Arctic Winter Games and True North Concert series and fought for the recruitment of aboriginal staff. She also served as an associate board member of what became the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). Marie Wilson is the recipient of a CBC North Award for Lifetime Achievement (1999) and in 2012 was awarded an honourary Doctor of Laws degree by St. Thomas University in recognition of a career “marked by public service and social justice.”