Greetings Beading Friends
As our National Holiday approaches, many of us are experiencing mixed emotions, ourselves included. We have learned so much from our Indigenous customers over the years but, like many others, nothing prepared us for what we have been reading and hearing recently. While all levels of government and the churches have significant responsibilities, we feel that each of us have a role to play in reconciliation with the First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities. Reading and understanding the 94 Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s report can be an important step towards respect and reconciliation. We can’t change history but we must recognize it and do whatever we can to fix what can be fixed and to make the road ahead for all Canadians the best possible.
We have to remember, too, that there are many groups in Canada which have also been harmed by the policies of this country. A recent webinar on racism hosted by the University of Western Ontario featured Wes Hall, founder of the Black North Initiative. It is well worth watching (click here) to get an insight into how to overcome racism. A powerful take-away from that webinar is this quote attributed to Arthur Chan:
Diversity is a fact.
Equity is a choice.
Inclusion is an action.
Belonging is an outcome.
Mr. Hall had some interesting statistics about how many companies have improved their bottom line by diversifying their employee base. It inspires hope that the dialogue currently happening, if we listen and learn and sincerely act together, will forge a Canada that we can all be proud of.
As Canadians, we have a lot to think about this Canada Day and we have a lot for which to be grateful. All countries have a dark side. Our success as a country will depend how we address ours.
Meredith, Brent and Carrie