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Reconciliation

 

Reconciliation  has been a buzzword used many times these past few years when speaking  about the Indian Residential School System and 'students' who survived  their 'educational' experiences. It is sad when students not killed by  their school system in any developed country no less, are known as  'Survivors.' Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommended  reconciliation a part of healing processes for Indian Residential School  Survivors.

Most cities, municipalities and towns in Canada are situated immediately adjacent to one of Canada's 634 First Nation communities; Metis or Inuit Settlements. Every city, municipality and town should consider initiating a process of reconciling its history with that of their Indigenous neighbor (s). Any process of reconciliation is not limited to cities, municipalities and towns; non-Indigenous businesses and corporations should consider reconciliation; especially if that history goes back many years. It is unfortunate that in 2019, a majority of urban non-Indigenous centres live in complete ignorance of their Indigenous neighbors. This is unacceptable and must change. For positive change to take place, leadership (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) leadership must step forward. Leadership must demonstrate a willingness to listen and learn. For too long, leadership in Canada, at many levels (governmental and corporate) have allowed themselves to be led fear, suspicion, anger and ignorance.

My question to you – ‘Is this good enough for life in 2019 Canada?’

Be aware that positive and creative intergovernmental work is happening in Canada (i.e. Tla'amin Nation and the City of Powell River - this particular relationship has been developing since 2003). Any relationship always starts with positive communication. Not difficult! 

Acknowledgement

I would like to acknowledge:


  • Leadership of the Tla'amin Nation (Hegus Clint Williams and Legislators) and the City of Powell River ('Q'ik' - Mayor David Formosa and Councillors) for their work in honoring, acknowledging and respecting the principles laid out in the original 2003 Community Accord. This was demonstrated through the 2018 re-signing of a new Tla'amin Nation-City of Powell River Community Accord. This is a demonstration of leadership at a very high level: and


  • 'Qoqoh' (former Mayor, City of Powell River - Stewart Alsgard) and his council for their work and dedication in keeping the principles of the Community Accord alive.


The relationship between our two communities is likely one of the strongest of any in Canada.