A Message from Ian Bannon, President of the Board and Audrey Gilbeau, Executive Director/Governance
As we approach the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, the Board of Directors, Executive Director and Management Team want to take this opportunity for reflection, remembering, and honoring all those children who have died and their families and communities who were left to grieve. We may not have known them, but we still mourn for them. We further acknowledge the legacy of residential schools and the continued historical trauma that we are all left to bear.
As we reflect, we look to the Two Row Wampum Treaty as a symbol of what is possible. The Two Row Wampum was built on a foundation of agreement that included Peace, Friendship and Trust. Today we look to the Two Row Wampum as a reminder of our respective roles and to include these same qualities in our path forward. For nonindigenous peoples its reconciliation. For indigenous people, its about restoring what has been lost.
This is an opportunity for restoration and reconciliation, establishing and maintaining a mutually respecting relationship coming to terms with a new way of moving forward and rebuilding what is needed to be.
Whether you chose to participate in any number of activities surrounding Orange Shirt Day, or to acknowledge, silently and quietly, we encourage all to acknowledge the significance of this day and the healing that we need for the betterment of our community today and our future generations.