The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has released the Summary of its Final
Report. As Chief of the Blood Tribe, I am pleased that the Summary has been released
because it is very important that this part of our history be told. The Summary validates
what our people have experienced and also recognizes the tremendous detrimental
effects that the residential school system has had on generations of our people.
More importantly, the Summary illustrates the enduring strength of our people to survive
despite repeated attempts to eradicate us through various forms of abuse, and despite
the many attempts to destroy our cultural, political and social ways of being. We are
both proud of and grateful to our people who found the courage to share their stories
with the Commission.
All Canadians need to know this history so that they can be aware of and acknowledge
the cultural genocide that Canada instituted against our people. As the Commissioners
recognize, awareness and acknowledgment are some of the first steps towards
reconciliation, and that reconciliation is “about coming to terms with events of the past in
a manner that overcomes conflict and establishes a respectful and healthy relationship
among people, going forward.”
It is my hope that the findings of the Commission will be a catalyst for real change in
such a manner that includes honouring the Treaties and engaging in meaningful
dialogue with First Nations to effect such reconciliation.
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