Truth and Reconciliation week kicked off in Lethbridge this morning where the Metis and Reconciliation Flags were raised outside city hall. Many took part in the flag raising including Blackfoot Elder Mike Bruised Head. Bruised Head says he would like to see the idea of reconciliation happen all the time, not just for one week.
“We don’t have to be reminded every year that hey this is reconciliation week. You do your own reconciliation everyday, wherever you work, wherever you live, whoever you communicate. That’s why I am saying it’s got to be embedded in the conscious of people to go out, get along with people. They don’t need a reminder. I think it will be around for awhile until everybody understands. Reconciliation, it’s here to stay, it’s not going to go away. We are going to keep reminding people, be apart of it,” said Mike Bruised Head, Blackfoot Elder.
The city will observe September 30 as the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. All city facilities will be closed as a result.