I READ with interest yesterday the raising of a Reconciliation totem pole at UBC, a lasting reminder of a horrible time in our history, the time of the Residential School system that was a defining moment, not only of the history of the First Nations, but of those who built the schools, perhaps with the thought that teaching the “savages” the white man’s culture was the way to go.
That symbolic Totem reminds both cultures forever what can happen to an oppressed society, and what can take place even though some of the original intentions might have been considered noble at the time.
Doug Collins is the Director of News, Information and Television Operations at CFJC-TV. Doug has been on the air in Kamloops since 1970. He was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada in 2008. He’s on Twitter @DougJC55.