Alberta Liberal Interim Leader John Roggeveen statement on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 31, 2021 (Calgary, AB): Liberal Interim Leader John Roggeveen issues the following statement in recognition of the 1st National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:

“I invite Albertans to observe the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Today is a day to reflect on the horrific practices of residential schools in Alberta and across Canada and to honour the survivors, their communities, and those who did not make it home. It is also an opportunity for us all to learn more about this terrible part of Canada’s past while reflecting on ways to move towards an equitable and just relationship with Indigenous peoples.

“In Alberta, there were 25 residential schools that attempted to destroy Indigenous culture and way of life by separating children from their families and communities. This dark and hateful practice has a continuing impact not only on survivors but communities and families through intergenerational trauma. This in turn contributes to the gross inequalities faced by Indigenous peoples.

“All levels of government must listen to Indigenous peoples and work together to further the cause of reconciliation. The Alberta Liberal Party supports measures such as expanded Indigenous representation in the legislature, Indigenous-run child protection offices, and a comprehensive curriculum in our schools on the history of colonialism.

On behalf of the Alberta Liberals, I encourage all Albertans to take today to learn more about the history of residential schools, to spread awareness by wearing an orange shirt and reflect on how they can play a part in reconciliation.

“Every child matters.”