March 18 - 07:45am - 09:00am
Where: Squamish Public Library
Truth and Reconciliation
What does truth and reconciliation mean for our First Nations, the community of Squamish, Canadian Society and each of us all as individuals? How do we ensure a holistic and comprehensive response in Squamish and beyond to the abuses and the reprehensible legacy of residential schools?
Join Mayor Heintzman and Squamish Nation Spokesperson Chris Lewis and others to explore the issues related to the harms First Nations have suffered at the hands of Canada's paternalistic and racist policies and programs, and put our collective minds to what is required to heal these harms and create new relationships in the future.
According to the Truth and Reconciliation Report, a heart-wrenching and damning report of the history and legacy of residential schools in Canada, reconciliation will require a new vision based on a commitment to mutual respect and an understanding that the most harmful impacts of residential schools have been the loss of pride and self-respect of Aboriginal people combined with the lack of respect that non-Aboriginal people have been raised to have for their Aboriginal neighbours.
Reconciliation is not an Aboriginal problem, it is a Canadian one.
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