15 December 2015. It was a very emotional day for many. We saw the tears flowing from the eyes of our leaders and from the hearts of the indigenous people in the room with them. Canadian Supreme Court Justice Murray Sinclair, an Indigenous leader, presented the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The focus was particularly on church-run residential schools but we all knew it was a much broader indictment of Canadian society, both in the past and today. I shed tears that day, too. I know we have to remember and never forget if we are to change the relationship between Indigenous people and settlers for the better.
I had a number of images that day. One was a memory of Indigenous people and settlers dancing together at a Pow Wow I attended years ago beside the Grand River. May we all work together so that all our children grow up in a better world.