Let’s not lose the reason for doing this day,’ Indigenous leader reminds Canadians that reconciliation is ongoing – CTV News

Let’s not lose the reason for doing this day,’ Indigenous leader reminds Canadians that reconciliation is ongoing – CTV News

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October 4, 2021

MONTREAL — “Reconciliation is ongoing and it will take a long time to achieve it if we ever do,” said Kanienʼkehá꞉ka (Mohawk) elder and activist Kenneth Deer, reflecting on the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

With 10s of thousands of people across the country of all ages putting on orange shirts to honour residential school victims and survivors on Sept. 30, Deer is hoping that actions responding to Canada’s genocidal practice is more than just a day.

“It’s a good start,” said Deer. “Let’s not lose the reason for doing this day. What I’m concerned about is it’s just going to be another holiday and people will take long weekends like the prime minister of Canada.”

Deer is a board member at the Foundation for Genocide Education that works to make genocide studies part of school curriculum at all levels.

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