Truth and Reconciliation Commission shows way forward for Canadians

VICTORIA— The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is giving Canadians an opportunity to move forward in their relationships with Canada’s Aboriginal, Inuit and Métis peoples say the B.C. New Democrats.

“As the Truth and Reconciliation Commission releases their full report it’s important for Canadians to listen, learn and resolve to address the ongoing wrongs hampering our relationships with First Nations,” said Scott Fraser, B.C. New Democrat spokesperson for Aboriginal Relations.

“We must acknowledge the wrongs committed in the past, but more importantly, we need to prevent further harm by addressing calls to action made by the Commission.”

Fraser noted that every level of government was included in the Commission’s calls to action.

“All levels of government have a responsibility to be part of the reconciliation process. This isn’t something that can happen overnight – it will need our attention and commitment over the coming years to move us forward,” said Fraser.

“Reconciliation is not an Aboriginal problem, it is a Canadian problem.

“The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the brave people who shared their stories of trauma, abuse and loss are showing us the way to a better Canada, a fairer Canada that lives up to our ideals.

“It is up to us to learn from this report, and take meaningful action in response to it.”