In March I travelled to Edmonton for the last National Event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Both professionally and personally, I am on a journey of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, which is also a journey of reconciliation with the land.
This was brought home to me at the TRC during the testimony offered by Norman Yakeleya, who spoke about the many separations he endured at residential school. Quoting his aunt, he said, "If you know our land, you know our life," and in that simple statement, he encapsulated for me the breadth of what had been taken from him. Family. Place. Identity.