Statement on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Today, September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation declared by Canada’s Federal government.
The day honours the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools and the role of governments is a vital component of the reconciliation process.
We at Whistleblowing Canada Research Society stand with Indigenous Peoples as they press for timely implementation of the calls for change in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action Report. The desire and need for truth before reconciliation can take place as voiced by indigenous leaders must be respected. Truth and openness are key values that help guide us as individuals, in organizations and society as a whole.
As individuals and for organizations, valuing truth means that we can grow, develop and learn from our mistakes. For society, truthfulness makes social bonds and builds trust while lying and hypocrisy break them.
A truthful accounting of and reckoning with our history and relationship with Indigenous Peoples can guide us towards mutual respect, equality and justice and a more hopeful future.
Black Lives Matter Statement: In Support of Peace, Tolerance, Equality and Justice for All
The members of the Board of Directors of Whistleblowing Canada are deeply saddened and disturbed by the currents of discontent, violence and intolerance that have surfaced in our country and in that of our neighbors to the south in recent times. In support of those who have been harmed by such forces we make the following statement :
Whistleblowing Canada Research Society condemns racism and all forms of bigotry, hate and discrimination. Current events that have been hard and painful to watch, have demonstrated beyond doubt that we live in a society in which Black People, Indigenous People and other People of Color continue to suffer the effects of structural racism, including health disparities, fewer employment opportunities and violence by agents of the state.
As such, Whistleblowing Canada stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement which affirms the inherent worth and dignity of the individual and their right to equal treatment under the law. We can and must do better to ensure a more inclusive, just society – one where there is no tolerance for acts of racism and hatred. It starts with each of us as individuals as we take action to challenge such acts whenever we see them so we can all live a better tomorrow.