Truth and Reconciliation

We agree with Justice Sinclair when he said, “this is not an Aboriginal problem, it’s a Canadian problem.”

The historic release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report is an important step toward change, reconciliation, and mental health for all Canadians including First Nations, Inuit and Métis. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in B.C. raises their hands at the courage of each of the 7,000 witnesses who testified during the Commission’s six-year mandate and the hard work of Justice Sinclair, Commissioner Wilson, and Commissioner Littlechild.

We agree with Justice Sinclair when he said, “this is not an Aboriginal problem, it’s a Canadian problem.”  We all have a role to play in creating a healthier and just future.  Understanding how colonization, and Indian Resident Schools specifically, are the “root” causes of the inequities many Indigenous people live with, is essential for identifying appropriate ways to take action.

At a community level it is important for all of us to think about how we need to respond to the ongoing legacy of residential schools playing out in our child welfare system and our prison system.  How can we make a difference in our own communities?  How can we support the work that needs to be done?  How can we become an informed supporter and partner in this needed work?

CMHA, Mid Island Branch is committed to “doing better” and standing alongside B.C.’s Aboriginal peoples.  We challenge ourselves and call upon allied organizations in our community to study the Commission’s report and to learn from and work with Aboriginal peoples in creating brighter futures and mentally healthy communities for all.

Maria Gomes, Chair, CMHA Mid Island BranchNanaimo

Just Posted

Parksville youngsters design problem-solving robot

Lego robotics team gearing up for gold in Victoria competition

Parksville wants consultant to examine feasibility of rec centre

Strong demand from residents for a multi-sport facility

Developers withdraw rezoning application for huge Parksville waterfront plan

IAG to create new draft after processing public feedback

Part Three: 10 questions with a Qualicum Beach historian

Local guide shares stories of town’s foundations

‘I shouldn’t have done it,’ Trudeau says of brownface photo

Trudeau says he also wore makeup while performing a version of a Harry Belafonte song

35 of 87 dogs in 2018 Williams Lake seizure were euthanized due to behavioural issues, BCSPCA confirm

The dogs did not respond to the behaviour modification and remained terrified of humans

B.C. ‘tent city’ disputes spark call for local government autonomy

UBCM backs Maple Ridge after province overrules city

B.C. drug dealers arrested after traffic stop near Banff turns into helicopter pursuit

Antonio Nolasco-Padia, 23, and Dina Anthony, 55, both well-known to Chilliwack law enforcement

B.C. MLA calls on province to restrict vaping as first related illness appears in Canada

Todd Stone, Liberal MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson, introduced an anti-vaping bill in April

Chilliwack woman wins right to medically assisted death after three-year court battle

Julia Lamb has been the lead plaintiff in a legal battle to ease restrictions on Canada’s assisted dying laws

B.C. bus crash survivor petitions feds to fix road where classmates died

UVic student’s petition well over halfway to 5k signature goal

Most Read