This new topic is all things reconciliation in the City of Victoria
Perhaps the City of Victoria Reconciliation efforts needs its own thread?
Perhaps we can all contribute to help reconciliation by being frank about what the City is undertaking, or suggestions to that end.
Snippets from today's news (Dec. 30/18) Times Colonist
"A Victoria city committee — called the city family and made up of Indigenous and non-Indigenous members — was appointed in June 2017 to address reconciliation efforts."
“I know the original action was unsettling and it should be,” Helps said. “Reconciliation isn’t easy — if it feels easy, it’s not reconciliation.
“So there will probably be some more unsettling conversations and unsettling moments along the way over these next four years.”
"The whole city is their territory, so that will be an interesting conversation.”
“Indigenous people for centuries have stewarded natural areas,” she said.
“We have a parks department and they are currently in charge and maybe we need to look at what co-governance of natural areas of the city would look like.”
She is hopeful there will be a different kind of dialogue and tone in the new year around reconciliation and the moving of Macdonald’s statue.
“Interestingly, the majority of the Indigenous members of the city family strongly feel the statue should go somewhere — the where to be determined.”