Sent to: david.lametti @ parl.gc.ca (retype it without the spaces)
Hi there Mr. Lametti (with my MP, Kelowna Lake Country MP Tracy Gray, cc’d),
I’m a lifelong Canadian citizen and resident of BC. This week I spent time, for the first time in my life, actively diving into the material available to me about Canada’s treatment of indigenous peoples.
I read through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report. I began reading the report from the MMIWG inquiry. I discovered the places where residential schools operated, in BC communities where I spent time in as a child.
And since then. every waking moment has been consumed by these new lessons and new questions. How can Canada have gotten so much wrong, for so long? How much longer will we avoid putting right what has been desperately wrong for so many years?
It’s past time to act. We have to orient our systems so that next 150+ years will see thriving and healing for all. Unless all of us are “glorious and free,” none of us are.
What can we do do at least get Canada to recognize the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People? It’s TRC Call to Action #43. Are you able to play a role in helping keep these conversations active?
Thank you for your work and leadership. A more just, equitable, reconciled Canada awaits.