THIS MOSTLY WHITE DUDE has some questions about the death of reconciliation.
I ask these questions of those putting up the “Reconciliation is Dead” signs at the blockades, posting it on their websites and proclaiming it daily on the TV news clips.
As I think about this, I wonder if reconciliation ever had a chance. What would reconciliation have looked like to you?
Because we’ve really worked at this. There was the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, for starters.
More recently, Canada adopted the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Rights, and B.C. has made it law. These are big items — they’re about accountability and the path forward.
But we’ve been busy doing a lot of other, smaller things, as well.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.