September 30, 2022 (Calgary, AB): Alberta Liberal Interim Leader John Roggeveen issues the following statement in recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:
“Today is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a day to reflect on the shameful history of residential schools 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 reflect 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 by separating children from their families and communities. This dark and hateful practice continues to have an impact on survivors but has also had a lasting effect on Indigenous families and communities.
“All of us, and in particular all levels of government, must do better. We must listen to Indigenous peoples and work with them to further the cause of reconciliation. The Alberta Liberal Party supports proper funding for Indigenous programs and education, Indigenous-run child protection offices, and a comprehensive curriculum in our schools teaching the history of colonialism and Indigenous peoples. That’s just a start.
“On behalf of the Alberta Liberals, I encourage all Albertans to not only recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation but take steps to learn more about the history of mistreatment faced by Indigenous peoples in Canada. I call on all Albertans to wear an orange shirt to spread awareness, take action to end discrimination and embark on the path toward reconciliation.
“Every child matters.”