Our continuing work towards reconciliation
Our latest Law Matters series explores practical solutions to address past wrongs and improve the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
One year ago, unmarked children’s graves were discovered in Kamloops. We were dismayed by that truth and grieved the loss. Our efforts towards reconciliation have continued, but progress at times can be arduous to identify. Nonetheless, we press forward. Over the next four weeks, we look at reconciliation and present perspectives that explore practical solutions to what may be necessary for substantive advancement.
If reconciliation is to have a lasting impact, what measures can be taken to help Indigenous peoples from continued marginalization? An Albertan Senator takes the lead on Bill C-5 and calls for change to federal legislation to apply the jurisprudence in criminal sentencing, which considers the circumstances of Indigenous offenders.
Reconciliation for the members of the Metis settlement community includes land they can call their own. Our author takes a historical look at the struggles of the Metis and calls for the provincial and federal governments to establish lands for the Metis in Alberta and work cooperatively with his people in meeting their obligations.
In addressing the past, we can move forward. Call to Action #49 requires religious denominations to denounce concepts of European sovereignty, including the Doctrine of Discovery. Our author considers the centrality of this doctrine and what may be a way forward.
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, apologized before an Indigenous delegation in Rome and is making a historic visit to Canada next month. Will the Pope’s apology be the first step toward reconciliation with the Catholic Church?
Special thanks to Apryl Gladue for her insight, generosity in sharing knowledge, and help to connect us with contributors.
We honour our Indigenous Peoples and, with this edition, hope to raise awareness of the need for our collective and individual work towards reconciliation. We have much to do, and together will make strides towards a better future.