I am grateful that I live in a community that recognizes the importance of honouring The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #80. Strathcona County is making Sept. 30 the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This legislation follows the federal governments passing of legislation which declared the day a statutory holiday for federal workers.
This is day to pause and reflect on how we can go forward, while coming to terms with the truth of a past that we may not have been aware of.
The recent news of children in unmarked graves jolted people like me into finding out how the effects of these historical atrocities still reverberate into the present day. Because of this, I was moved to take a free course series, through the University of Alberta, called Indigenous Canada, to more fully understand the stories behind the news.
I commend the County for implementing this Call to Action, and I know that this is an important step towards recognizing the importance of Indigenous issues, and how the past informs our present.
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