A process to initiate local reconciliation efforts is now officially underway.
Reconciliation Regina held their public launch on Tuesday at the Mamaweyatitan Centre in Regina, with hundreds of people, local law enforcement and Mayor Michael Fougere in attendance.
The new Treaty Commissioner for Saskatchewan Mary Culbertson noted reconciliation is an important process to embark on, calling this a process where many parties work together to push for equality and respect in First Nations through productive and engaging dialogue.
“It’s not hard to get leaders in the same room to talk about the issues,” she said. “What is more difficult is getting the general public to get in on the conversations and have honest dialogue and dialogue that can respect what each other is saying.”
“We might not like what that other person is saying, but we need to respect what they’re saying and hear what they are saying.”
One way Culbertson says reconciliation can be achieved is through treaty education, something she states goes hand in hand with the reconciliation process.
“The education of treaties and the awareness of them can lead to reconciliation,” she said. “It might not happen in my lifetime, or your lifetime, but I sure hope it happens in my grandchildren’s lifetime, because that’s what we’re all working towards here.”