National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2022
I wear orange to honour the resiliency and strength of residential school survivors, their families and those who never made it home. National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an opportunity to pay homage, to observe, and to recognize the role we have in the healing of our Indigenous communities.
Since becoming CEO at ASTTBC we have had many discussions about the history of the residential school system, and how we, as an organization, can support cultural awareness and reconciliation with Indigenous People in BC. Last year we came under the Professional Governance Act and are required to have Indigenous Awareness Continuing Professional Development (CPD) mandatory for all practising registrants. ASTTBC Board of Directors felt it was important enough that they purchased licenses for all practising registrants to have free access to the Indigenous Awareness Canada (IAC) program. I truly believe that providing education about the tragic history of residential schools and how they continue to impact Indigenous communities, is a crucial step in the reconciliation process.
I am proud of our ASTTBC registrants and staff who have completed their mandatory IAC course(s), and I encourage you to do more – do more to better understand the role and responsibility you have in a very complex process.
Please never stop evaluating, reflecting, and learning from the pieces of our dark past. I encourage you to wear orange, and to consider the true meaning of our National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
ASTTBC CEO & Registrar
Theresa McCurry, BSc, PMP