We must do our part: Caul

By June Caul
Mayor, Fort Frances

Canada has a very dark history relating to the mistreatment and marginalization of our Indigenous people. This history was never addressed in our schools and was unknown to most of us growing up. Throughout the last several years, the conversation of that history has finally become known through our Indigenous elders who have lived and were subjected to mandatory attendance at residential schools and suffered abuse in many forms. This tragic misuse of power over the Indigenous people created generations of loss of culture, language, community and family connections as those who were taken from their homes were forced to adhere to the rules of church and government.

It is time for non-Indigenous people to listen to the stories of genocide that occurred right here in our own country, to learn about the victimization of families that are still impacted today because of the devastating and cruel practices forced so long ago. It’s time for all people to acknowledge that systemic racism continues today and we all should do our part to change our history to make a better future for all people.

The National Day of Reconciliation is one small step to bring awareness and promote education in order to change this very dark part our history. We must all work to make Reconciliation the focus of how we embrace life and the well-being and acceptance of all people everyday.