Truth & Reconciliation in Toronto
Darlene Ritchie, President of Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre discusses the motivation to host the MEETING PLACE – truth and reconciliation gathering held May 30th – June 2nd 2012. Ritchie shares how Council Fire acted to move healing forward on their own terms and how these actions impacted her and the many homeless residential school survivors that the organization services. Ritchie holds the Government of Canada and Prime Minister Harper accountable for legislating ‘Indians’ and creating the power imbalance of second class citizens within a so-called G8 nation.
*MUSKRAT apologizes for the technical sound issue but believes the interview was too important to omit.
Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre is an autonomous, vibrant cultural agency that involves and serves the Indigenous community with confidence for and commitment to their well-being. Their mandate is to provide counseling, material assistance and other direct services to First Nations people as well as to encourage and enhance spiritual and personal growth.