What Does the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation mean to you?
From an Indigenous perspective, young people are “Gifts from the Creator” because they are precious, they have endless potential and they have important teachings for their families and communities. Young people are our future.
With this perspective in mind, the Miyo-wicihtowin Day Committee invites young people to submit artwork, tik tok videos and poetry to respond to the question: What does the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation mean to you?
We invite youth to share their creativity and teachings about Canada’s painful past and the future of reconciliation.
Please consider the following principles of Reconciliation from the National Truth and Reconciliation website:
# 3 - Reconciliation is a process of healing relationships that requires public truth sharing, apology, and commemoration that acknowledge and redress past harms.
# 6 - All Canadians as Treaty peoples, share responsibility for establishing and maintain mutually respectful relationships.
# 10 - Reconciliation requires sustained public education and dialogue, including youth engagement, about the history and legacy of residential schools, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, as well as the historical and contemporary contributions of Aboriginal peoples to Canadian society.
“Together, Canadians must do more than just talk about reconciliation; we must learn how to practice reconciliation in our everyday lives, within ourselves and our families, and in our communities, governments, places of worship, schools, and work places.” (National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation: University of Manitoba, www.nctr.ca)
We are pleased to announce our two contest winners:
Poetry - Muriel Stevenson, from Muscowpetung Education Centre, Muscowpetung First Nation
Visual Art - Jillian Feltin, from Greenall High School in Balgonie