Reconciliation: a noun that means an act of reconciling; the process of making consistent or compatible. It is derived from a Latin word “reconciliationem” and came into use in the 12th century.
For more than 100 years First Nations children were removed from their families and sent to institutions called residential schools. The government-funded, church-run schools were located across Canada and established with the purpose to eliminate parental involvement in the spiritual, cultural and intellectual development of Aboriginal children. The last residential schools didn’t close until 1996.
During this time, more than 150,000 First Nations, Metis and Inuit children were forced to attend these schools, some of which were hundreds of miles from their homes. The cumulative impact of residential schools is a legacy of unresolved trauma passed from generation to generation and has had a profound effect on the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and other Canadians.
Use in a Sentence: Collective efforts from all peoples are necessary to revitalize the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and Canadian society – reconciliation is the goal. It is a goal that will take the commitment of multiple generations but when it is achieved, when we have reconciliation – it will make for a better, stronger Canada.
Info and Pic Creds: Truth and Reconciliation – For the child taken, for the parent left behind.