Since the additional discovery of 751 more children in Saskatchewan, I, like many, have been processing this undeniable truth. It's painful but necessary to not look away. This information is not new. Survivors shared their experiences of trauma of stolen land, residential schools, the 60’s scoop, intergenerational-trauma, and racism through the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Now is a time to continue to work to uncover the truths and process our collective and individual mixed feelings as Canadians. We can both love this nation and be deeply disappointed and upset with how we have gotten to where we are today.
There is a path forward. Let’s look to the communities that have lost children to lead the way to healing. Let’s receive guidance from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.
This Canada Day, I will be wearing orange and personally stepping back from celebrations. I also reaffirm my commitment to learning and advancing the calls to action.