What does it mean to be reconciled? How can the wounds suffered in Canada’s residential schools be healed? Aboriginal people today still don’t have access to clean water, healthy food or decent housing. What is our collective responsibility in the context of colonization?
One result of Canada’s 2008 statement of apology to First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples was the creation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. For six years, the commission had as its mandate to learn the truth about what happened in the residential schools. On May 31, the commission will present its final report in Ottawa.
To mark this historic event and to work towards a new relationship with aboriginal peoples, KAIROS is planning a Reconciliation Walk in Nelson at noon on Friday, May 29 from city hall to Lakeside Park. Participants of all ages are invited to bring banners, to listen and to take action towards a possible new relationship between indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
KAIROS is an ecumenical group working for peace, environmental justice and human rights in Canada and the world. For further information or to arrange a ride between city hall and the park, call 250-352-9871, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.