Tuesday, May 31, 2016

History of Reconciliation

Yesterday's apology by Ontario for the evils of the residential schools system was important and appropriate.  And the history of residential schools is surely a worthwhile topic for school history classes and for public commemoration and reflection.

But putting indigenous kids in those schools is not the only fault in Canadian relations with indigenous people.  I admired what Ontario Métis leader Margaret Froh said yesterday, in calling the apology a good first step in moving “forward with this process of reconciliation.
“We’ve got a long way to go. I think ultimately, for us, a full reconciliation means recognition of our rights as a self-determining people . . . self-government for Métis or First Nations, for Inuit people. And we’re a long way off from that, but (this is) certainly a good step,” she said.
Reconciliation is going to involve more than talking about schools.  It's going to be about land and self-government too.  We need some equality and some justice, and then reconciliation will be easier to achieve.

Image: Toronto Star.
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