National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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As a MLA and candidate for the leadership of the BC Liberal Party, I'm committed to restoring trust with British Columbians in their politics and government, including with Indigenous peoples. 

For many Indigenous communities in our province, that trust relationship has never existed, because of structural racism, colonialism, and abuses committed including at so-called residential schools. The findings of unmarked graves this year on school properties have been devastating and disturbing, but have only confirmed what Indigenous peoples have warned of for decades. We need to listen and take cues from those who have experienced harm.

As we consider today and look to the future, reconciliation requires more than just words - we also need to engage in meaningful action. Economic opportunity, partnership development, education, healthcare, and other services are essential to ensuring every person has what they need to thrive.

I encourage fellow non-Indigenous individuals to take the opportunity today to learn, reflect, and take action.

- Read the report and recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
- Share your learnings with other non-Indigenous friends and family to keep the conversation going
- Donate to Indigenous-led community organizations, including the Orange Shirt Society founded in BC

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About Michael

Michael Lee is a BC Liberal Party leadership candidate and the MLA for Vancouver-Langara. Before entering politics, Michael was a prominent business lawyer in Vancouver, where he worked for 20 years with forestry, mining, energy, and technology companies across BC. He also has a strong record of community service for over 30 years, including with social service, educational, and children and youth organizations. A son of immigrants, Michael was born and raised in Vancouver. He and his wife Christina have three young adult children.

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