NAAAP International Convention Speakers Tackle Tough Topics (Part 2 of 4)

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We’ve heard that the Truth & Reconciliation Commission is Canada’s Martin Luther King moment. Would you agree that this is Canada’s biggest humans rights issue of our time?

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Teja Arboleda:

Reconciliation and holistic healing from a sociological strategy is paramount for all cultures in which the native people were abused. Facing our own history was part of MLK’s mission, and bringing non-violent solutions is in keeping human rights activity. In addition, migration and cultural evolution allowed for hundreds of generations to mix throughout the continents. Having grown up in Japan and having spent time with Ainu, in northern Japan, my recollection and education about the plight of native peoples has always been part of the reason I work in this sphere.

Susan Chuang: 

I would think so! The terrible experiences that children and their families (and their communities) of Residential Schools underwent were severe which still have long-term effects. Although Canada has been working with Aboriginal communities and organizations to better the lives of those affected and there are many success stories, continued work is definitely needed.

Fabian De Rozario:

I’m not as familiar with Canada’s human rights history – but what I’ve read about the TRCC’s efforts is admirable.  What sets apart a maturing and civil society is one that remembers its past, is responsible for past actions, and works diligently to promise a better tomorrow for all its people.

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