Reconciliation has been and will continue to be a huge part of the work do, and it must be part of our new council's mandate.
In particular, the White Goose Flying Report must be prioritized in a meaningful way. The document, authored in 2016 by the Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee (CAUAC), is an adaptation of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action—and it clearly outlines the 18 calls to action the city could directly act on. Yet, we have not seen any substantial movement on these actions for FIVE YEARS. Why?
The city of Calgary must accept systemic racism exists, adapt, and actively pursue efforts to surface inequities and change them.
While we reflect on the horrors of the residential school system, we must also acknowledge that Indigenous children continue to be overrepresented in the child welfare system—that has an impact today and into our tomorrow.
Everything I do, and the lens through which I view the world, is committed to a more just society and one that considers systemic racism as a form of violence.
If we are to show up authentically in our reconciliation efforts we must also own the current violence that is happening while we reflect on the past. I am committed to mitigating adverse childhood experiences through my work in the community, and I will bring that knowledge, expertise, and compassion to city hall.
The time for talk is over. We need to act now. We have enough research. We need to acknowledge the truth and take committed action today.
Read more: votemonique.ca/reconciliation
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