The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will mean different things to different people. Our lives, our experiences, our understanding of the discrimination that Indigenous peoples and communities have faced, and our relationship to that troubling history will all play a role in how we approach an important day like today.

One thing that is true for all of us is that today is a day for reflection.

President Hesse speaks with Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek at the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation ceremony in Calgary.

Today, we have been reflecting on the ways in which suffering and injustice always seem disproportionately to impact women. More than 50% of our members are women and we know firsthand how challenging the last few years have been for them on the frontlines and in our province.

We’ve reflected on the missing Indigenous women whose abductors and murders still have not been brought to justice. We’ve reflected on the many young girls who were sent to residential schools and never returned to their families.

Too much remains unresolved and unaddressed.

We urge everyone to reflect on the obligations we all have as treaty people to do what we can to contribute to genuine reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and communities wherever and however we are able.

Members in Fort McMurray take pause to reflect on the importance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.