The second National Truth and Reconciliation Day will take place September 30. As one of the 94 calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the purpose of this day is to commemorate and honour the lives of Indigenous people killed by the State and the Church.
The Canadian State continues its colonial practices. Over and above the discovery of children’s remains on Residential School grounds, is the fact that Prime Minister Trudeau has promised change for Indigenous people and has yet to make good on these promises. Whether it be clean drinking water, confronting the unjust proportion of Indigenous people who are incarcerated, the ongoing and unaccounted for abuse of Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit folk, the brash imposition of pipelines on Indigenous territory, the ongoing theft of land and police brutality, the bulldozing of Indigenous rights remains complete.