Awkward Reconciliation Conversations

Tomorrow is September 30th and in Canada that is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day means many things to many people and for me, it is a chance to open my mind and heart to the stories of the Indigenous Peoples on these lands.

I am grateful to the Katzie and the Kwantlen First Nations for hosting me and Hammond Forever House on their Traditional Territory.

As a white male, I understand that September 30th is not about me. I certainly want to be involved in Reconciliation and speak out about it and I also know that tomorrow is not the time for my voice. It is time for me to make space for Indigenous voices. My family and I will attend the event in Maple Ridge to show support and learn. I will be listening and sharing content from Indigenous voices.

However, on every other day of the year, I believe it is important for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people alike to discuss openly the challenges of Reconciliation. It is not up to Indigenous people to heal the historic wrongs of our colonial history, Residential Schools, the Indian Act or the Sixties scoop.

With that in mind, I made a series of videos for social media with which I hope to break the ice. You may have seen one or two out of order and wondered what I was on about so I collected them here.

If you would like to keep up-to-date on my social media efforts, please like and subscribe to my youtube channel, follow me on Instagram: @2bjamesrowley Tiktok: @jamesrowley12 and Twitter: @JamesMRowley

Here’s a specific example of what Reconciliation does NOT mean:

One of the best things we can do for Reconciliation is vote for political candidates who make it a top priority. In Maple Ridge on October 15th, 2022 I think that means voting for Dan Ruimy (Mayor), Sunny Schiller, Korleen Carreras, Onyeka Dozie, Jenny Tan and Craig Speirs (Counsellors). There may be other good choices I don’t know so well, but these are the top of my list.

See you next time!