TORONTO – Mike Schreiner, released the following statement on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:
“Confronting the truth and addressing the reality of Indigenous Peoples’ experiences is fundamental to our observance of this second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
This truth hurts, but the pain gives us insight into the horrendous acts of the past that have taken such a terrible toll on Indigenous Peoples, their cultures, traditions, languages, and identities. And it motivates us to heal relationships to build a better and more just future.
On this and every September 30, we remember and honour the hundreds of young lives lost and also those who survived the brutal residential school system. It’s a history that haunts Indigenous Peoples to this day, unleashing fresh trauma every time a burial site is discovered.
The search for those who never returned home from the residential schools must continue. It is one step and there is still a long way to go.
The trauma of colonialism is real and ongoing healing is needed to build a better future for present and future generations.
As well, ongoing, continuous, and conscious actions are needed to dismantle the systemic racism that still pervades our society.
I am fully committed to implementing the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Promoting and amplifying Indigenous cultures, traditions, and voices is an important part of the journey toward reconciliation.”