Jun 30

“Facing the truth makes for a worthy celebration”

Two leading professors from the University of Toronto have written in the Toronto Star about their shared vision on how Canada’s 150th celebration can be an opportunity to answer the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s vision for a better Canada.

Charles Pascal, OISE’s Special Advisor to the Dean, and Suzanne Stewart, director of Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health and associate professor Dalla Lana School of Public Health, write that the celebrations are lacking in sensitivity to what happened to Indigenous Canadians before and after confederation:

Simply put, the underbelly of racism remains too widely prevalent. TRC co-chair, now Senator Murray Sinclair, has often stated that each public or private organization or individual should take on one of the 94 Calls to Action; move something along that takes us all to a better place.

Our hope is that more and more Canadians, especially those in positions of power, connect the big birthday bash with the TRC’s vision for a better Canada. What better way to celebrate a more promising Canadian future than to brand sesquicentennial events with the TRC’s Calls to Action?

Read the entire article on The Toronto Star’s website: Facing the truth makes for a worthy celebration

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