A new national holiday around the issue of reconciliation is a good idea if it’s
done right. If it’s just going to be about the sad
legacies of residential schools, never mind.
|Kamloops residential school, in the late 1950s |
(Image: Government of Canada)
And — let’s speak frankly — if it’s going to focus only on the bad things brought to our country by the European “settlers,” as they’re now popularly called, that’s not going to work either.
I’m having trouble visualizing 10,000 people showing up at Riverside Park or at the Powwow grounds to listen to stories about the terrible things that happened in residential schools but I do see such a day becoming little more than an excuse for predominantly white civil servants to take another stat holiday.