Reconciliation is not something you pick off the shelf. It’s not a gift that one powerful party can offer another. It is the product of a trusting relationship. It doesn’t require agreement — so much is yet to be negotiated — but it demands a degree of understanding. And that foundation of trust and acceptance — of mutual respect — is not, in itself, the happy end point; it is a first, essential step in creating the space in which reconciliation may emerge.
This is a snippet from a recent piece James Hoggan wrote in the Toronto Star about the faltering reconciliation efforts between the government and First Nations in Canada.
Read the full story in the Toronto Star.
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