Commission events sparks self-reflection

Looking inward a major product of Truth and Reconciliation hearings

Thanks to Roszan Holmen for her in-depth articles about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (News, April 11, 13, 18, 20).

As a non-aboriginal person, I was honoured to attend the two-day event. It was humbling and humiliating. The depth of the sharing was profound.

I am left with many opportunities to heal myself of reactions I had, and am still having, when I encounter someone or something that I judge to have played a part in the atrocities of residential schools, and the ongoing prejudice toward First Nations peoples of Canada.

As I am aware of my judgement, I forgive myself for that part of me that I have avoided seeing.

I look forward in anticipation to be part of the next step, a healing process for all.

Joanna Wilkinson


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