On this second National Truth and Reconciliation Day, I am reminded of a notion that has been gaining awareness...that of ReconciliACTION. It tells us that lasting change must come from concrete steps forward and, while many of these actions will be championed by government bodies and large organizations, we can all play a meaningful role in this essential process. It is for each of us to continue learning about Indigenous history and languages, to listen with open hearts and minds, and to do whatever we can to honour the voices of Residential School Survivors. We can also lend our strengths to work taking place in our communities to foster hope and healing for those who continue to struggle with unfathomable pain and intergenerational trauma.
Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Chief Wilton Littlechild of the Ermineskin Cree Nation was once asked if there was a message he would like everyone in Canada to hear and understand. His reply was simply, “it is time to lift each other up.” You can see signs of this spirit taking hold, in the growing numbers who proudly wear Orange Shirts today and throughout the year, and in the inspiring contributions of so many thoughtful and determined leaders across this land that we share.
As His Majesty the King’s representative in Alberta, I offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who is a part of this important work, along with my deep gratitude to the Indigenous leaders and community members who have generously shared their wisdom, experiences and friendship with me as I continue my own journey of learning.
Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani AOE, B.Sc., LLD (hon), Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
September 30, 2022