Standing in Solidarity in Canada

-Lilian Vernier, Vancouver College


Thursday, September 30th marked Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This new federal holiday in Canada recognizes and brings awareness to the tragic history of loss and the ongoing effects of Canada’s residential schooling system. The holiday sheds light on the legacies of residential schools in Canada, honors those survivors of these schools, and to promote the process of reconciliation.

I attended an historical event in Vancouver at the Musqueam Nations Reservation on September 30th. It was hosted by Chief Sparrow and there were over 100 people in attendance including high level politicians, entrepreneurs, and educators.

It started with a drumming welcome, a message from a survivor of the residential schools. Then, invited speakers (of which one was me) to speak about the importance of the relationship with Musqueam and how we are standing in solidarity with them.

Such a powerful event! To learn more about Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, click here.

Other News from ERCBNA