Kamloops & District Labour Council Stands Strong in Support of Truth and Reconciliation Day
KAMLOOPS, BC – Today is Truth and Reconciliation Day. The Kamloops & District Labour Council (KDLC) reaffirms its unwavering commitment to acknowledging the painful truths of Canada’s Indigenous history and promoting the vital process of healing and reconciliation.
This September 30th, Canadians from coast to coast will pause to reflect on the devastating impact of the residential school system on Indigenous communities and commemorate the survivors and their families. Truth and Reconciliation Day is a solemn reminder of the need to confront our past and work collectively toward a more inclusive and equitable future.
The KDLC recognizes the profound significance of this day, particularly in Kamloops, where the heart-wrenching discovery of unmarked graves at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School sent shockwaves through the nation. This horrifying revelation underscored the urgency of addressing the legacy of colonialism and the ongoing trauma experienced by Indigenous peoples.
“The Kamloops & District Labour Council firmly stands in solidarity with Indigenous communities in Kamloops and across Canada,” said Lois Rugg, President of the KDLC. “Truth and Reconciliation Day is a crucial opportunity for all Canadians to engage in meaningful dialogue and reflection on the historical injustices suffered by Indigenous peoples and to commit to genuine reconciliation.”
The KDLC encourages its members, partner organizations, and the wider community to participate actively in Truth and Reconciliation Day events, including educational workshops, ceremonies, and gatherings. These activities foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous history, culture, and the ongoing struggles for justice.
Furthermore, the KDLC acknowledges the importance of equitable and respectful relationships with Indigenous communities and workers. Collaborating with Indigenous partners, supporting Indigenous-led initiatives, and advocating for Indigenous rights in the workplace are integral aspects of the KDLC’s commitment to reconciliation.