As we approach this first National Day For Truth And Reconciliation, we invite everyone to join us in committing to learn, understand, and move forth with indigenous neighbours across the country to find more unity and a caring approach to supporting one another. WCSS will be open to support and advocate for our clients on this day, however we will also be taking time to reflect and look inwards in our personal roles in truth and reconciliation. We encourage everyone to pause and make meaningful time for the work of reconciliation. The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is offering FREE admission on September 30th thanks to their partnership with the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. In addition, the SLCC created a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation guide – a great place to start learning more. If can be found here.
To investigate our own ways of walking the path to reconciliation, we asked a few members of our team to share what this day means to them:
“Truth and Reconciliation day is about recognition of historical injustices and the harm inflicted by government policy that forcibly separated first nation children from their families, and displaced their culture. It is an opportunity for reflection on what we can do to build supportive and respectful relationships, and a time to honor the rich history, traditions and culture of Canada’s First Nation peoples’.” – Dan, WCSS Outreach
“I look forward to this day of Truth and Reconciliation. As Canadians, we can embrace this day to promote wellbeing, promote inclusion, promote validation and promote freedom. Through my listening and learning of decolonization practices I have recognized the importance of different perspectives and that when all voices are shared, big issues can be solved. I continue to become aware of the denial of the acceptance that these people have been wronged and that there must be reciprocal actions that have mutual benefit, in order that we can move towards joy and truth with all First Nations, Metis and Inuit people of Canada. An elder encouraged me once to consider my first memory of generosity. I encourage you to do the same.” – Lori, WCSS Operations
“I plan to spend a part of this important day looking inward, to better understand my own unconscious biases, and the biases I carry from my past. I also expect to dedicate time to learning through reading, listening and watching. This is an opportunity to gain better understanding of the beautiful peoples who stewarded the lands , preserved the waters, and honoured the animals of Turtle Island long before colonization. I know the conversations will not always be easy, and at times will be uncomfortable; but I know that change must start from within myself and my home. This day is one along the ongoing path to restoring balance.” – Dave, WCSS Fundraising