The purpose of this blog is to gather articles and conversations about Canada’s history and colonial impact. This is a place to voice local stories of pre-contact, colonization and reconciliation through research and interviews with community members. We want to express Indigenous knowledge and identity through the stories that must be shared with all people in order to journey in relationship towards reconciliation.
Mission: the RECONCILIATION goal is to improve relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. We want to create an open and inclusive process for inter-cultural bridge building by being willing to talk about our differing roles, stages and views in our collective story of Canada.
Vision: Reconciliation moves through four phases over time. The vision of this process is to meet people where they are at and to support safe education, dialogue and growth towards healing and good relationships. We do this for all the generations still to come.
Sharing our Collective History – confronting historic trauma by acknowledging and understanding our Canadian legacy of colonization and assimilation policies on Indigenous peoples.
Understanding the Trauma – which is being expressed in Indigenous people and communities through high rates of relational difficulties, addictions, mental health impacts, identity conflict and toxic stress in a social context of poor inter-cultural relationships.
Releasing the Pain – outlawing Indigenous ceremonies impaired the release of grief processing and this still needs to occur so the burden of the past will not be passed on to more generations of Indigenous children. Healing comes through non-Indigenous and Indigenous pathways, which should not be ignored or prejudged by western society.
Transcending the Trauma – we acknowledge the wounds of the past, but it no longer defines how we join together. We can celebrate each other, honor the diversity and uniqueness of all cultures and be the authentic humans we are intended to be.