I was born in a Reserve Town in Northern BC. I am a very privileged, middle aged, white guy. I recognize that. I also would never claim to understand the plight of the people we have savagely oppressed since our arrival.I don’t have many answers to Truth and Reconciliation, but I will listen. I will do my best to help tear down the systems that have oppressed others.
If there was one issue that was highlighted for me during the TSMV debate it was the lack of consultation with our indigenous neighbours. We must do more to involve the Native Community in the everyday conversations that are taking place in our community.
I know that the Town also recognizes this shortfall and is working towards repairing these relationships. I look forward to participating in those conversations.