Today I just listened. Here is what I heard:
“It’s not my fault.”
“Why am I being made to feel guilty about something I didn’t do?”
“I didn’t even know about residential schools.”
“I’m tired of being blamed for something before my time.”
“My family fled here as refugees. I’m proud of what this country did for me.”
The first step of Truth and Reconciliation is to understand the truth. Those statements do not allow room for an understanding of what is still happening in our country. Please listen to the living voices of survivors. Until we can hear the truth, and accept it for what it is, we can’t change.
This is not history. It’s right now.