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Ceremony helps promote truth and reconciliation – Winnipeg Free Press

by ahnationtalk on October 12, 202113 Views

Oct. 12, 2021

I am writing this article on Sept. 30 – Orange Shirt Day and the first ever official National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The events of the past year, including the discovery of unmarked graves on the sites of Indian residential schools and the protests around Canada Day, have helped focus our attention on the historical and present treatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Earlier in the week, I participated in a blanket ceremony, along with several other MLAs, at the Manitoba legislature, organized by Alan Lagimodiere, minister of Indigenous reconciliation and northern relations. It was facilitated by senior education officials.

During the exercise, we were asked to stand on blankets representing the land we now call Canada. We were guided through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization, resistance and much more and learned how this impacted First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Afterward, we shared insights and discussed what we had learned.

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