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“Indigenous reconciliation is about respect not rhetoric” – SeaWestNews

by ahnationtalk on February 27, 202069 Views

Growing up in the isolated hamlet of Aklavik, about 200km north of the Arctic Circle in Canada’s Northwest Territories, Orland “OD” Hansen lived off the land that was home to the Inuvialuit, Metis and Gwich’in First Nations.

Here, surrounded by remote wilderness and remarkable wildlife, Hansen experienced the residential school system, where Canada forcefully held thousands of indigenous children, while his people struggled with colonialism and dispossession.

And it was from this resilient community which prides itself today as “the town that wouldn’t die”, Hansen began his journey towards reconciliation that took him to Alberta’s oil patch and now to the waters of British Columbia.

“Indigenous reconciliation is about respect not rhetoric,” Hansen told SeaWestNews as he finished packing for his move to Campbell River, where he will begin his new role as Director of Reconciliation for salmon farming company, Grieg Seafood BC.

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