Penticton Indian Band Chief and Council denounce Truth and Reconciliation Day – Summerland Review
In the absence of substantial action to date “to show a sincere commitment to reconciliation,” the Chief and Council of the Penticton Indian Band (PIB) will not recognize the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.
In a statement provided to the media, Chief Greg Gabriel said it was far too premature to celebrate the day.
“After the discovery of the first 215 children’s graves on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, the Chief and Council of the Penticton Indian Band have unanimously decided not to recognize the Day of Truth and Reconciliation September 30, ”the statement read.
Council endorsed and supported Chief Gabriel’s statement that there has been no real substantive action to date to show a genuine or sincere commitment to reconciliation.
“For years we have heard the same statements and promises and yet everything remains the same. As a people, we have fought and continue to suffer from the effects of colonialism imposed on us by the Catholic Church and the Government of Canada. We hope that all citizens will look for ways to learn about the real history of what we as a people continue to struggle against. “
However, the council and the GDP chief said they did not want to discourage any of “our relatives, friends or communities from organizing events that recognize and honor the lives lost as a result of the residential school atrocities and those who wish to do so. honor all of the survivors who have thrived and stay with us.
“We all encourage to keep the message strong and strong, that ‘We are always here’ and ‘We will never forget.’ Our message and our reminder must always remain strong. We encourage everyone to wear your orange shirts on September 30th.
GDP joins with Lower Similkameen Indian Band Chief Keith Crow in questioning what this day is meant to represent.
“How do you celebrate a Day of Truth and Reconciliation? How do you celebrate the deaths of all these kids who died in residential schools, how do you celebrate that? said Raven.
At the burnt down site of the Catholic Church of the Sacred Hearts on PIB lands in June, Chief Gabriel said many people in his community were injured and angry at the gruesome discovery of 215 graves of these “innocent children.” and poor ”.
“There is anger all over Canada. I am very angry. I will do all I can in our leadership to make sure people are held accountable for these atrocities. It must be a criminal investigation because this evil act is criminal. There has to be a full criminal investigation and people have to be held criminally responsible, ”Gabriel said at the time.
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