Truth and Reconciliation

We would like to acknowledge the traditional ancestral unceded shared territory of the Sumas First Nation and Mastqui First Nation.  These two First Nations are part of the Stó:lō Nation.  The Stó:lō people have lived in the Fraser Valley for 10,000 years. It is for this reason that we acknowledge the traditional territory in which we reside.
 
Over the past number of months Canadians have started to grapple with a dark and troubling part of our history, the Residential School System, and the trauma this inflicted on Indigenous peoples for over a century. The impacts of the trauma and deaths is something Indigenous peoples have known and lived with throughout this history and continue to face the legacy through to the present day. Now it is time for all of us to collectively respond to this history and acknowledge our responsibility to make meaningful and tangible contributions to reconciliation.

We have a blueprint for action. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) had a mandate to inform all Canadians about what happened in residential schools. The TRC documented the truth of Survivors, their families, communities and anyone personally affected by the residential school experience. This included First Nations, Inuit and Métis former residential school students, their families, communities, the churches, former school employees, government officials and other Canadians.

The TRC concluded its mandate in 2015 and issued 94 calls to action. These can be read here. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation continues to promote learning and dialogue to continue fostering reconciliation and healing. While the work of the TRC was completed six years ago, there is still significant work to be done by Canadians to respond to the calls to action.

This summer, our country established a federal statutory holiday, called the National Day For Truth and Reconciliation, to be recognized on September 30th each year.  This is an important day as it signifies the beginning of a journey to take action as we heal.
 
Mount Lehman Credit Union, being deeply embedded in the community, will respectfully close the credit union on this day in honour of our Indigenous brothers and sisters. We ask that employees and members take this day to learn and reflect on our history and future. Events are being planned online and in-person across the country. A schedule of online events can be found here.