When speaking publicly about Truth and Reconciliation
I am often asked “Can you suggest one thing I can do for Reconciliation?” I never have a ready answer for this, so on this #NationalDayForTruthAndReconciliation, here is a list of simple things you can do: a thread…
…reconciliation doesn’t work that way…
…there is nothing simple or singular about Reconciliation. It’s an ongoing process that requires transformative change at multiple social and political levels. It can’t be broken down into palatable boxes to be checked. It’s not one day, one act, one symbol, or one orange shirt.
It means challenging assumptions, unlearning bias, relearning history, rejecting racism, standing for truth, feeling unsettled, dismantling colonial structures and narratives, acknowledging Indigenous title and rights and honouring our decisions about land and resources…
…it takes care and love and work. Lots of work. Every day/week/month and year. It is multiple acts-collective and individual. So, if you ask me, I’ll say that the one thing you can do for Reconciliation will happen after lots of reading, listening, learning and understanding…
…because that is what it takes to change consciousness.
And once your consciousness is changed, do everything you can to advocate, force, push and pressure YOUR colonial governments, to use the power of their delegated authority and make the structural changes necessary to achieve actual equality for Indigenous people in this country.

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