Truth and Reconciliation

I’ve been very affected by the report of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission that came out last week.  The widespread extreme abuse of aboriginal children by the government and churches who ran residential schools was aptly named cultural genocide.  In addition to presenting chilling historical testimonies of survivors and noting the thousands of children who died in the schools, the Commission presented many recommendations to address the ongoing effects of racism on the entire society–aboriginal and non.  

The painting in this post is one I made in 2008.  I send it out to honour the aboriginal peoples of Canada.

Oil Painting by Lily S. May, ©2008

Oil Painting by Lily S. May, ©2008


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