The National Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Kevin Lamoureux spoke to Flin Flon and Creighton students and school staff yesterday afternoon. Lamoureaux says young people have a role to play in reconciliation as they have an incredible ability to create change. He adds many of the 94 calls for action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are based on education and awareness. He says Canada is a good place full of good people. He explains most of the racism that he encounters isn’t genuine racism, it’s simply ignorance and when he says ignorance he just means lack of understanding, he doesn’t mean it in a mean spirited sense he means a lack of awareness. He says that’s something many of us inherited, this phenomenon where we didn’t learn all of our history or all of what it means to be a Canadian and that’s okay, if lack of education is the problem then education is the answer and we see evidence of that in Flin Flon School Division.
Lamoureax says young people have a huge role to play in navigating some of the difficult questions around reconciliation and he sees education and awareness happening.