Reflections on Truth and Reconciliation: Conversations on healing, truth, and reconciliation with TEDxWhistler Speakers Maxine Bruce, Heather Paul and Carey Newman

Written by TEDxWhistler
Published on Monday, Oct 2, 2023


This long weekend, take some time to reflect about Truth and Reconciliation. Hear from three of our speakers, Maxine Bruce of the Lil’wat Nation, Heather Paul, Executive Director of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, and Carey Newman, Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish Artist. Experience and learn about the importance of keeping this conversation alive all year long, not only on September 30th. We invite you to watch the videos embedded on this page for a deeper understanding and personal connection to their stories and insights.

Understanding Truth and Reconciliation

Maxine’s Insight

Maxine highlights the importance of acknowledging the truth, calling it the cornerstone of reconciliation. Without recognizing the historical injustices, the path to reconciliation remains obscured.

Carey’s Perspective

Carey presents a broader view of reconciliation, emphasizing that it should address not only residential schools but also other forms of colonial harm to Indigenous people.

Heather’s Reflection

For Heather, Truth and Reconciliation is not just a moment of acknowledgment but a lifelong journey of learning and understanding.

The Power of Education

Education plays a pivotal role in fostering understanding and unity. Each of our speakers emphasizes the need for accurate and empathetic education to dispel stereotypes and promote understanding.

Engaging with Social Media

Social media offers both opportunities and challenges in promoting reconciliation. While it can amplify Indigenous voices, the platform also requires careful navigation to prevent misunderstandings and conflicts.

We Invite You to Take Action

Take this opportunity to learn more about Truth and Reconciliation. Educate yourself, engage in meaningful conversations, and take active steps towards fostering understanding and reconciliation in your community. For more resources and ways to get involved, visit the government of Canada’s official page for National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

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