"With the completion of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, we have a long awaited opportunity to acknowledge historical wrongs and forge a new path based on empathy, respect and an honest understanding of history. All Canadians should take the time to read the calls to action, and actively take on the responsibility of building a better future between aboriginal and non aboriginal peoples.
"I’m hopeful that with a new federal government that is committed to reconciliation, we can move forward in building a shared future that supports the rights and aspirations of aboriginal people living in Vancouver and throughout Canada. The City of Vancouver - Local Government was the first city to proclaim itself a City of Reconciliation, and two years ago we saw tens of thousands of people walk for reconciliation in Vancouver to support increased understanding between aboriginals and non-aboriginals alike. Our City has been taking steps on reconciliation but there is only so much we can do without other levels of government standing beside us: now is the time to move forward as a country.
"Finally, I would like to offer my deep thanks to Commissioners Sinclair, Littlechild, and Wilson, and all the TRC staff, for the work they have undertaken on behalf of all Canadians. The Commission’s work is one of the most difficult tasks our country has ever undertaken and we are grateful for their strength and sacrifice."
Mayor, City of Vancouver