I am very grateful for the opportunity that we had, to listen to the Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair on Wednesday evening. The theatre was bursting with people! This indicates to me that people are excited to learn about Truth and Reconciliation and provide support! The time for change is now. My friend Sarah Ross tweeted:
As teachers we have a vital duty to society. We have a great amount of influence that we can use to provide education on acceptance and equality. It starts with education and creating students who are accepting, loving, and understanding. I know a lot of people feel as though they can not make change, but small changes absolutely start with us in our day to day lives. I am planning to read the Calls To Action – which provides directions about what our society needs to do. Justice Sinclair stated that we should start with choosing just one and work our hardest to make it happen, and that “whatever it is that you do – never stop doing it.”
Justice Sinclair also spoke to the anger that exists. He emphasized that the perpetrator does not have to be forgiven but the anger needs to be dealt with . Anger is an extremely heavy burden to carry throughout your life. In order to heal, that anger needs to be dealt with. There absolutely is no easy way to do this! We must also never forget our history. I retweeted one of the messages from his profound presentation:
This is not a First Nation’s people issue – this is a Canadian people issue. We all live together and breathe the same air. As Joseph Naytowhow eloquently words it:
We all need to band together at this time, rather than divide ourselves further.