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Rev. Karen Hamilton, a minister of the United Church of Canada, has been appointed as the new general secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches, succeeding Janet Somerville whose five-year term expires at the end of September. Hamilton is a founding member of the Greater Toronto Council of Christian Churches, a director of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Toronto, and a member of the Canadian Christian Jewish Consultation. She has taken part in the work of several national United Church committees that have developed policy on ecumenical and interfaith matters. Somerville was the first Roman Catholic and the first woman to serve as chief executive officer of the Canadian Council of Churches founded in 1944. She was appointed general secretary in 1997, the same year that the Catholic Church became a full council member, effectively doubling the number of Christians represented by member churches.

An exhibition, opened in June at the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa, illustrates the history of residential schools through photographs, maps, original classroom textbooks and historical government papers. Entitled "Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools," the exhibition is considered a step toward raising awareness of the effects of the residential schools on those who attended them from the 1880s to 1969. Archbishop Michael Peers, the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, said the exhibit tells a story that is not easy for many to hear but in telling that story "it serves us well, not by easy evasions but by hard truth, the kind of truth that makes us free." George Erasmus, chair of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, said, "The history of the residential schools must be documented. For healing to take place, the story must be told." Aboriginal artist Angus Cockney, a former residential school student, told the gathering at the opening of the exhibit, "Some of you will for the first time see what survivors of residential schools have never forgotten -- the face of a child whose identity is just a number, whose culture is forbidden and whose future is an institutional experience." He said he hoped that the exhibit would provide a greater understanding of what the aboriginal people of Canada have experienced in the residential schools. "Healing will and must continue," he added. Viewing of the exhibition at the National Archives of Canada is free. It will remain open daily until Feb. 3, 2003.

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