This Saturday, September 30 marks National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a designated day of remembrance to honour the children who never returned home and survivors of Canada’s Indigenous residential school system. Reconciliation starts with education and meaningful understanding. Colonization has had profoundly destructive effects, characterized by the relentless attempt to eradicate the culture, language, and tradition of indigenous people. I recognize that racism against indigenous peoples and oppressive colonial institutional practices are still very much alive today.
This day is a chance to engage and educate ourselves about the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools. As a settler on Líl̓wat lands, I am incredibly grateful for the privilege and opportunity my family and I have enjoyed here. We, as your local government, are committed to listening, learning to decolonize, and dedicated to gaining a deeper understanding. I encourage our community members to engage meaningfully as well.
Mayor Mike Richman