PETERS – Federal parties wasted another opportunity on reconciliation

IN LATE MAY, when the terrible discovery of children’s bodies on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School was made known, it cast reconciliation with Indigenous people in a new light.

For many descendants of settlers, reconciliation finally became a matter of doing what is right, rather than some cynical negotiation.

At the same time, it was evident that there was going to be a federal election coming up in the not-too-distant future.

Reconciliation was going to move to the top of the election issue list, right?

The expectation — an entirely reasonable one — was that the party leaders would lay out clear proposals on how to move forward, having consulted extensively with First Nations leadership.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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