“Reconciliation is a lofty goal. It’s a dream. It doesn’t happen in a year. It takes time. It takes stories. It takes shared experience… I have hope that we can come to right relations with each other. I have to.”
True North Aid believes that there cannot be reconciliation without truth, and that reconciliation is everyone’s responsibility.
The truth is that the attempted assimilation of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit in Canada resulted in Indigenous people experiencing the ongoing effects of devastating socio-economic challenges, inter-generational trauma, and loss of identity through suppression of culture and language.
True North Aid accepts the Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s charge that,
“awareness of the past, acknowledgement of the harm that has been inflicted, atonement from the causes, and action to change behaviour”
is imperative to establishing a mutually respectful relationship between non-Indigenous and Indigenous people in Canada.
In addition to the practical humanitarian support that our organization provides to northern, remote Indigenous communities, True North Aid seeks to make available reconciliatory initiatives to all Canadians that aim to repair the relationship that is long overdue all of us.
Not sure where to start? Check out our Resources page or contact our Reconcili-Action Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org