Reconciliation is the process of building relationships and awareness through listening to truth and active self-education in order to create meaningful change. Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug and Productions Cazabon are reaching out to everyday Canadians to end the third world conditions that exist in their own backyard through acts of reconciliation. The 2014 Northern Reconciliation Event invites Canadians to become an ally to First Nation People by listening to their voices, deepening their awareness, and supporting First Nation-led outreach initiatives. First Nations communities and organizations are committed to solutions, projects and approaches that work for their communities. We are calling on Canadians to support First Nations-led initiatives and leadership and leave behind a history of ‘finding solutions for them’, an approach that has had devastating consequences for our country. Together, in solidarity and friendship, we can do better and thrive as a country as a result.
There is an emerging and compelling desire to put the events of the past behind us so that we can work towards a stronger and healthier future. The truth telling and reconciliation process as part of an overall holistic and comprehensive response to the Indian Residential School legacy is a sincere indication and acknowledgement of the injustices and harms experienced by Aboriginal people and the need for continued healing. This is a profound commitment to establishing new relationships embedded in mutual recognition and respect that will forge a brighter future. The truth of our common experiences will help set our spirits free and pave the way to reconciliation.
To find out more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, go to: www.trc.ca
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