This week, the OneCity community was humbled by and grateful for the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We recognize the bravery and perseverance of residential school survivors and their families for sharing their stories. We also recognize that the City of Vancouver sits on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. We confirm our commitment to the process of reconciliation with the First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people of Canada, and stand in solidarity with Indigenous people in Canada.
In dealing with the intergenerational legacy of residential schools, many Aboriginal people are disproportionately affected by the same problems in our city that OneCity works to mitigate: unaffordability, limited access to transit and childcare, lack of safety in public spaces, and the difficulty of securing work that pays a living wage. OneCity supports the Commission’s call to action and its 94 recommendations. Many of these recommendations speak to our values as a political organization: strengthening the education system for Aboriginal students, ensuring that all young people learn about the history of Indigenous people in Canada, and improving living conditions for all. We look forward to learning from the entire report, which will be released in September 2015.
As a community, we are strongest when we can learn from and listen to one another. We acknowledge our country’s shameful past, the cultural genocide that was perpetuated, and we look forward with hope to building meaningful reconciliation with this country’s Indigenous communities.