The Government of Canada has recently passed legislation to create the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This federal statutory holiday occurs on September 30 of each year and creates time for Canadians to honour the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities. During this National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Canadians are encouraged to explore the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences, and stories of Indigenous Peoples to ensure our shared histories are never forgotten.
The District of Vanderhoof is committed to the process of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. We acknowledge that our work takes place on the unceded, ancestral territories of the Saik’uz First Nation and that together, our communities can learn, share, and heal.
The District of Vanderhoof recognizes the need to learn, unlearn, and understand our shared history in a way that moves us towards a stronger and healthier future with relationships rooted in mutual understanding and respect. We are becoming increasingly aware of the impact that colonial actions, including residential schools, have had on Indigenous Peoples; we remain committed to understanding past injustices; and we will continue to move forward and support Indigenous Peoples to create a better future.
We know that by supporting Indigenous Peoples, we strengthen society overall. We also know that our ability to create transformative spaces and meaningful opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders is crucial to forging new pathways and achieving Truth and Reconciliation.