The news this week was, unfortunately, very similar to the last several weeks. The UCP’s mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic and internal political intrigue dominated news coverage. However, a significant positive new development did occur: Canada observed its first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
This critically important day is an opportunity to raise awareness around Canada’s tragic past concerning residential schools and the urgent need to address systemic inequalities faced by Indigenous peoples. While it is essential to have a national day of awareness, reconciliation is an ongoing process that should happen every day.
In that spirit, for this Friday Focus, I am sharing my statement on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and the Alberta Liberal 2019 platform, which proposed bold new reforms on Indigenous issues. I encourage all of you to take the time to learn more about Indigenous matters from leaders and activists from Indigenous communities. Then, through knowledge and compassion, we can work together towards a more just relationship between Canada and First Nations.
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