OTTAWA, ON, September 30, 2022 /CNW/ – Today is an important day, not just for Indigenous peoples, but for all Canadians. National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a day to reflect and remember that when we recognize the truth, listen to each other and work together, we can build a more prosperous country where we all have equal access to services and opportunities.

Reconciliation is all around us. It is not limited to a single day, a moment, an act. Over the past year, I have seen truth and reconciliation in action. I’ve seen it in school children learning our true history. I have seen it in communities celebrating their cultural heritage. I have seen it in the stories of Indigenous successes and challenges told by survivors, elders, chiefs, storytellers, traditional healers, community members and youth. I saw hope in reconciliation.

Sure, Canada has more work to do. Reconciliation is about committing to ongoing understanding and respect. It is remembering the pain caused by residential schools and the children who never returned home. But it is also celebrating joyful cultural expressions. Because this day is a mix of all emotions, just like life itself.

It has been heartwarming to see Canadians walking side by side and I will continue to stand up for Indigenous languages, culture and healing. I ask you to join me in this journey and I encourage you to start the conversation at school, at work, at home: what will you do, today, tomorrow and every day, to be part of a better Canadathe one that reflects us all?

Mary Simon

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