It is our responsibility to acknowledge the hardships
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
As we commemorate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we must reflect on the ongoing struggles Indigenous communities in Canada face. Decades of systemic neglect have led to numerous adversities, some as fundamental as the lack of clean water. Indigenous communities often grapple with major problems such as extended water advisories, exacerbating existing health and sanitation issues.
Furthermore, many reserves lack comprehensive sustainable economic opportunities. We need to act and create new opportunities. For instance, this is why the Conservatives have proposed constructing pipelines in partnership with First Nations groups to foster economic growth.
Lastly, the haunting legacy of residential schools persists. This dark chapter in our history has inflicted intergenerational trauma and continues to impact Indigenous communities in multifaceted ways to this day.
This National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, it is our responsibility to acknowledge these hardships and foster dialogue around solutions that respect the rights and dignity of First Nations communities. As we remember the past, we must ensure that the spirit of reconciliation informs our actions for the future.
September also marks our annual Calgary Pride celebrations. This is a splendid opportunity to acknowledge the considerable progress made by the LGBT+ community in Calgary and to celebrate those who are living their authentic lives. I have always been a supporter of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and continue to stand with them.