Cst. Blake Chursinoff is a five-year member of the RCMP. His wife Raelene, and he both grew up in British Columbia and had little exposure to Indigenous Culture or history. In fact, Blake describes that it wasn’t until he went to basic training in Depot that he really had much teaching or information on Canada’s Indigenous history at all.
Raelene and their children joined Blake to their first posting in November 2015 to a community in the Northwest Territories. They were welcomed into the Indigenous community and also saw firsthand the addiction and poverty within the communities.
Blake completed his northern term in June of 2020 and is now posted to Merritt, BC. Raelene and Blake, sitting at their table one morning together, discussed that something more can be done than wearing an orange shirt for the newly created National Day for Truth and Reconciliation federal statutory holiday on September 30th. They contacted True North Aid and Blake suggested an idea.
What if on this day, as a way to start the path of Reconciliation, any person receiving stat pay for September 30th donated it to an organization with boots on the ground assisting the very Indigenous people and communities the holiday was created to honour in the first place?
On behalf of Blake, Raelene and True North Aid, thank you for your kindness and generosity.
Collectively, a difference can be made.