Premier Caroline Cochrane issued the following statement on the second observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:
“Today, we honour those who have experienced the pain caused by the residential school system that stole language, culture, and tradition from Indigenous people for decades. We honour those who survived, their families who have faced the generational impacts of the trauma and abuse thousands experienced, and the communities that continue to pick up the pieces from the lasting impacts of residential schools.
“We also remember the many children who never returned home. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an opportunity for everyone across the Northwest Territories, and Canada, to learn more about the experiences of Indigenous People and to reaffirm our commitment as Canadians to advancing reconciliation and the work that comes with it. I call on residents across the territory to take time today to listen to Indigenous voices and amplify their stories where possible.
“Reconciliation is not something that can be achieved overnight. Undoing the damage residential schools caused to many generations of Indigenous people will take time – and the Government of the Northwest Territories is committed to this work. A strong, prosperous territory where Indigenous residents have equal opportunity to achieve success can be achieved, and we will continue to work in partnership with Indigenous governments to advance work related to the Truth and Reconciliation’s Calls to Action and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls to Justice.
“The path we are on when it comes to Reconciliation will be a long, and sometimes difficult journey. As we walk this path, we will remain united to recognizing our past, acknowledging our present and remaining committed to a better future for Indigenous people across Canada.
“As we recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, I call on all residents to wear orange to help spread awareness about the legacy of residential schools and make the statement that every child matters.”