Winnipeg North Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux was in Prince Albert Friday to give a presentation on reconciliation.

“Reconciliation is a gift that has been given to us by residential school survivors,” Lamoureux said. “I truly believe that we wouldn’t be talking about reconciliation at all if it weren’t for the courage and the dignity and the strength of residential school survivors. Anything that I’m able to pass along to people I’ve learned from survivors who have been patient enough to explain these things to me.”

Lamoureux is the former education lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

“I think that by and large when people have the opportunity to genuinely engage with and learn about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, what they find is that everything that is being asked of them is consistent with their own values,” Lamoureux added. “Many Canadians have grown up in a country where they’ve never had an opportunity to learn about the fact that Indigenous worldviews and philosophies and people are embedded into what it means to be Canadian. The need for change is so desperate.”

The event was put on by the Rotary Club of Prince Albert at the Art Hauser Centre.

(PHOTO: Kevin Lamoureux speaking at the Art Hauser Centre. Photo by Brendan Mayer.)