BC Formally Recognizes Truth & Reconciliation Day
Truth & Reconciliation Day is now a provincial stat holiday
Recognizing this day responds to Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action No. 80.
There is not one Indigenous person in Canada who hasn’t felt the firsthand or intergenerational harm of colonialism. BC’s recognition of the day is a step forward towards reconciliation in the province. If reconciliation is our path, truth must be our foundation.
We challenge all of us living in Canada to take reflection on September 30th, and consider the unpleasant truth about Canada’s past, and how we move forward together for the betterment of all. We all benefit from reconciliation, and true reconciliation means action.
If you’re looking to get involved, try volunteering at Indigenous organizations, attending events put on by Nations or Indigenous initiatives, learn of the history of the local Indigenous peoples whose lands you reside on, or pick up any compelling book by an Indigenous author. Here’s a page of resources compiled by the BC Associations of Friendship Centres.
Understanding will bring us together, and true reconciliation will take work from all of us, Indigenous or not.