9 Feb 2021
For me, Reconciliation is more than just a word.
On December 15th, 2015, the Prime Minister of Canada reiterated the Canadian Government's commitment to implementing the commission's Truth and Reconciliation recommendations. Prime Minister Trudeau described how meaningful Reconciliation with indigenous people is possible and achievable through nation-to-nation, government-to-government, and indigenous- to-crown relationships based on recognition of rights and respect cooperation and partnership as the foundation for transformational change. To ensure accountability, a subsequent council was announced in December 2016 to monitor Reconciliation's implementation and realization throughout Canada.
My organization, Medical Surgical & Safety (MSS), accepts that truth and Reconciliation cannot be the sole responsibility of government and indigenous leaders. Corporate Canada must also implement it in partnership with all Canadian citizens, who must play a role.
Achieving economic equality is a crucial aspect of healing our country.
Equal access to opportunities in the private sector will result in good jobs and better communication with the Indigenous private sector, a necessary component of a sustainable future. This equality will ensure that indigenous businesses develop long-term, sustainable benefits from economic partnerships and projects.
MSS is committed to engaging with first nation bands, provincial and federal governments, agencies, academic institutions, non-profits and leading Canadian businesses. We aim to create a "national aboriginal wholesale distribution network" by demonstrating leadership and performance in the business sectors we operate. Through meaningful opportunities, we will participate in the Canadian economic engine and be a role model of "Reconciliation In Action" for aboriginal youth and communities throughout Canada.
I believe that we are all here to stay, and we must continue to build relationships of trust, mutual respect and support. The road to Reconciliation may be extended and challenging, but it is a road that all people, indigenous and otherwise, must walk together.