CALGARY, AB (June 21, 2015): Dr. David Swann released the following statement marking National Aboriginal Day:
“Today is an opportunity to remember the role that First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people have played in making our country such a remarkable place to live. To be sure, that history contains innumerable stories of broken barriers and different peoples building communities together in friendship and cooperation.
“However, there is no forgetting and no question that too much of that shared history is a shameful chronicle of abuses, mistreatment, and cultural genocide.
“This year in particular it is my sincere hope that, in the aftermath of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we will begin to turn a corner in that shared history towards healing and a new beginning.
“The work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has come to an end. The work of the rest of us in implementing their recommendations, and creating a new relationship with our aboriginal populations, must now begin.
“Only together can we heal past wounds and achieve a healthy future.”