Witness, Be Part of the Reconciliation, and Support Aboriginal People across Canada

Witness, Be Part of the Reconciliation, and Support Aboriginal People across Canada

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About This Letter Writing Campaign

Start Date: May 31, 2015
End Date: Open
Started By: Victoria Serda
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It is important for people across Canada to read about the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, particularly for people who have thought they understand what needs to happen for (instead of with) aboriginal people.

From my experience, I believe that you can't understand the possible pathways forward for aboriginal people without understanding the past and the present. Unless you are actively helping with solutions, your opinion has no weight, because you will never build enough trust to hear the real, deep, true stories that carry the most knowledge, which is needed to be heard for any breadth of understanding. And even myself, as a person hired by the Saugeen First Nation Band Council as a Strategic Advisor, must keep in mind that only community members who have first-hand knowledge can really understand, and the rest of us can only do what we can to support their direction.

All of us whose families have come to this land as settlers need to recognize the rights of those here before us, who shared their land with our families, to value their knowledge and wisdom, and to support their ways of rebuilding their culture and communities after multiple generations of targeted cultural genocide.

In the Globe & Mail article from May 29, Sean Fine wrote: 'Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin’s assertion that Canada attempted “cultural genocide” against aboriginal peoples is launching a debate on whether Canada has sugar-coated its history, failing to confront the magnitude of the harm it has done to aboriginals.’ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/chief-justice-ignites-debat...

‪#‎MyReconciliationIncludes‬ acknowledging the generosity of the Anishinaabe people, who still share their land with me; actively addressing judgment and prejudice toward aboriginal people; and giving and connecting support as requested.

I ask you to participate and be part of the solutions, including sharing with your social networks. Will you #standup and speak when you hear discrimination and prejudice against aboriginal people? Do you #witness the cultural genocide? How will you finish the sentence #MyReconciliationIncludes…?

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