Why Reconciliation Matters
Why is this important to non-Aboriginal Canadians?
Why should it matter to a Canadian who never attended a residential school?
It matters because it continues to affect First Nations, Inuit and Métis – people from vibrant cultures who are vital contributors to Canadian society.
It matters because it happened here – a land considered to be a world leader in democracy and human rights.
It matters because it is one of the major causes of poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, and violence among Indigenous Canadians.
It matters because Indigenous communities suffer levels of poverty, illness and illiteracy comparable to those in developing nations.
It matters because we share this land. We may not be responsible for what happened in the past, but we all benefit from what First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people have had to relinquish.
What You Can Do
Visit the links on this page and learn more about the issues affecting Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
Attend a local pow wow or visit a friendship centre. Listen, learn, become active.
Encourage teachers to include this topic in their classroom. We can provide free materials to teach youth about the Residential School System.
Spread the word – ask your friends and colleagues what they know about the residential school issue. Let them know they can learn more by visiting this website.
Initiate acts of reconciliation in your school, church, or community. These are activities that reach out, create dialogue, and build understanding.
Donate to the Legacy of Hope Foundation.