Building connections between land and community | Many Canadians were shocked by the disclosure this summer that children lay buried at former residential school sites across the country. It was as though the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, based on hundreds of hours of testimony between 2008 and 2015, were given new life by the news of those lost children.
In response, the federal government moved forward with the declaration of September 30 as a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to ensure the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools is never forgotten.
But equally important is a commitment to building a better tomorrow, a commitment that must be shared by all Canadians. A growing number of Indigenous communities see agriculture as key to their future, not only as a means of economic development, but as a way to heal. The stories you find here offer a glimpse into their journey.
Cattle deal dealt with 140 years later
Reconciling the painful past creates hope for a more promising future
First Nations farm improves northern food security
Every child matters
Sharing the countryside
Ryan Fralic, Ron White
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