In this episode of The Public Circle Podcast, I am sharing an interview from CFAX 1070 with afternoon host Ryan Price on the first annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
We covered a variety of topics including why the federal government made this day a statutory holiday and what the day means and what it can be for all Canadians. I have often heard, from my constituents and beyond, of the lack of education and opportunities to learn the truth about our history. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation offers an opportunity to reflect and learn.
As the conversation continued we discussed the responsibility that the provincial government has in implementing the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and all the calls for justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. We canvassed the work ahead for Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Hon. Murray Rankin, in delivering on the mandate he was given by Premier John Horgan to establish a secretariat within the provincial government to coordinate the reconciliation efforts of the provincial government and the next steps in implementing the actions associated with our commitments in the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.
In the final segment, we discuss the conflict over the control of land in British Columbia and Canada, Crown governments sharing natural resources and revenue, and what we can learn from Indigenous ways of being and methods of natural resource development to help us through the conflicts happening across British Columbia.