National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
My name is Candida Shepherd and I’m a member of the Metis Nation of Alberta Region 4. I am a teacher and a First Nations, Metis, Inuit Lead at Bev Facey Community High School. I am a long time member of Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was the beginning of Canada’s acknowledgement of the wrongs done to the Indigenous people. For me, it was the beginning of a path of healing. My personal journey has been in the reclaiming of my culture, my ancestors, and my connection to the Creator. Establishing a National Day of Truth and Reconciliation gives me hope that systemic changes will happen. Healing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples will happen. Healing between the generations of Indigenous Peoples will happen. Reconciliation is about respect and is about love and we all have a role when it comes to reconciliation. Hiy hiy.
By Candida Shepherd