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Educating Students about Truth and Reconciliation is the First Step For a Bright Future

Truth and Reconciliation Day is one of the most important holidays in Canada. It is considered an essential priority for everyone to get proper education about the history of Indigenous People and Residential Schools. Education is considered one of the first steps a country could take to achieve new visions. In this case, new generations receiving education about Truth and Reconciliation is the beginning to hopefully a brighter future.

“I think it’s crucial to engage people in truth and reconciliation from a perspective of basic needs. We all have basic needs that need to be met, and many systems of family separation have prevented many Indigenous families from being able to meet their own basic needs.,” said Michael Redhead Champagne, an Ininew public speaker, community advocate, and writer. “I hope that we can rely on universal themes like sharing with one another, eating together or taking care of the earth to move forward on the things we do agree on.”

Many would consider education a fundamental step, but it’s the first ball in the basket, and many are to go in that basket. “Even though it’s not a fun topic to learn about, it’s sad and dark, and I find it very horrifying, but I HAVE to know every single detail about it…if I’m a citizen of this country… I think it is my duty to learn about these things and take possible actions.” said a student at Fort Richmond Collegiate.

Students should be the first focus and be properly educated on this subject, as they’re Canada’s future. Building a knowledgeable generation would be one of the most significant achievements of Canada. “I imagine the systems that need changing will happen with this current generation of youth leaders. I am constantly impressed by the thoughtfulness, caring and actions that are taken by high school student leaders in Winnipeg. This gives me confidence that they will speak up as students but also take action as leaders in our city, exerting influence on those in their circle to take action on human rights, mental health and the environment. When we do these things, we can positively improve the lives of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people alike,” said Champagne.

– Halla Alhamed/Ryan Funk, U Multicultural

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of U Multicultural.

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