“The road we travel is equal in importance to the destination we seek. There are no shortcuts. When it comes to truth and reconciliation, we are forced to go the distance.”
Justice Murray Sinclair
Chair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2009 – 2015)
On this inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, ACDS honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities. And we use this opportunity to learn about and reflect on the history and legacy of the residential school system in context 0f Canada’s colonial past.
While the discoveries of unmarked graves in Indian Residential Schools this summer shook our country and sparked necessary conversations and awareness-raising, Survivors and families have long shared their stories and experiences related to this tragedy.
ACDS is committed to meaningfully participate in the important journey toward reconciliation. This includes supporting our staff, member agencies and our sector to learn and understand how we can take an active and allied role in reconciliation.