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"True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the hurt, the truth. It could even sometimes make things worse. It is a risky undertaking but in the end it is worthwhile, because in the end only an honest confrontation with reality can bring real healing" ~ Desmond Tutu
Honest confrontation can only happen through humility and the authentic desire to understand. There is an absolute need for western and aboriginal cultures to reconcile the past and move forward into a sustainable prosperous future. But how? How do we take strides to heal and forgive?
The biggest gap to moving forward right now is the need for truth and knowledge coupled with the open mindedness to accept the reality of the 'awfulness' of our shared past in order to take strides and travel the road ahead, together. We need to ensure that the knowledge of the past crosses all boundaries, to allow all of our mindsets to make the shift toward healing. Seven years of cyclical abuse cannot simply be forgotten; and telling families to “get over it” is undeniably inappropriate. As a society we need to take a brave step forward to educate ourselves to the truth and have the courage to nurture relationships and rebuild trust in order for there to be a better tomorrow. Our future leaders; the generation before us will play a commanding role in a unified future, while past generations must work to repair and face truth. We, the current generation has the most important role to play, as we must role model the way through humility and an honest desire to understand.
We are blessed to have a tremendous number of Aboriginal leaders here within Canada, with a wealth of knowledge, stories, history, and experience that are more than willing to share and enlighten those who authentically wish to understand. I am so humbled to be able to immerse and surround myself with a few of these leaders who have opened my eyes in so many ways, and who have allowed me to walk beside them to create change and build understanding for a better tomorrow. A tomorrow filled with respect, trust, and a want for integration.
Stay tuned as I continue to learn and grow my own understanding on this most important journey, and do my part to educate those in my circle and further with the help of great people and going … Beyond Connections!