Unless we are hiding under a rock or two, there is no Canadian who has not grown in awareness of the need in our nation for a deeper realization of reconciliation with the Indigenous Peoples of this land. It’s not just an issue for the Catholic Church and other Christians who operated the infamous residential schools.
It is an issue for each one of us as Canadians. This is an aspect of our collective sin, a part of the history of Canada that cannot – and should not – be forgotten.
With the residential schools so often in the news, we have heard references to the 2008 – 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Commission issued 94 calls to action in its summary. One dealt with a designated holiday for federal employees.: