Wab Kinew: Aboriginal success is the best form of reconciliation

National Post

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s closing event in Ottawa showed us glimpses of Canada at its best and at its worst. We were reminded of the dark moments in our history when Commissioner Murray Sinclair declared the residential school era to be part of a “cultural genocide” against indigenous people. Yet we were also reminded of our best, most welcoming nature when a round dance broke out in the lobby outside the event. Residential school survivors, their descendants and non-indigenous supporters danced hand in hand in a public expression of the very cultures that had been targeted for eradication. Most of the TRC’s 94 calls to action can be boiled down to a similar ethos: Let’s learn about aboriginal peoples and cultures so we can get on with the business of living together in a good way.

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