The definition of reconciliation is: the restoration of friendly relations and the action of making one view or belief compatible with another. Here in Canada, this word came to the forefront due to the Idle No More movement of Indigenous people and in light of the thousands of murdered and missing indigenous woman inquiry. It’s a great idea and ideal and it is being played out not only here in Canada , but in the USA as well.
Removal of all public statuary, flags, monuments, and names is a great idea and has an end result that promises to help ensure our countries become what they believe themselves to be- fair, non racist, and equal. For some white people its an idea that may cause uneasiness at first, but once you understand the idea behind it, the why of it , you can come to understand its not a step away into an unknown land, its actually a way to make our countries completely themselves, completely what we know and love.
Stages Of Reconciliation
1. Commit to change
3. Put that change into action
The upcry about changing statuary, the names of buildings and other symbols of Canada’s and the United State’s inglorious past, in regard to slavery, Indigenous peoples genocide, the Chinese coolie system, head tax and internment of Japanese people in World War Two is to be expected but really, despite this, its something we need to do.
Reconciliation is a process and it’s important as we move into a future we hope will be free of racism, hate and ignorance. It puts this ideal into action and helps teach children that racism is wrong, and a thing of the past. It is a promise and commitment to a hate free, nonracist, equal society, and culture. It’s a great, powerful and new idea. New is hard as first but like veganism, its actually hurt free, harmless and way better for us all.
Workers dismantle an an obelisk dedicated to the Battle of Liberty Place, which commemorated whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government. Credit Gerald Herbert/Associated Press
Photo of the Langevin Block Building which will be renamed as it commemorates one of the founders of the residential school system.