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At this free, online meet-up we will learn more about the current overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in prison and jails and the Calls to Action on this issue from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report. Then we will write our own letters to send to the Prime Minister to tell him that we want these Calls to Action to be implemented.
I am organizing this to hold myself accountable to writing this letter. I have now written my first two letters to the Prime Minister with the awesome kids who attended our first two Writing Letters for Reconciliation Online Meet-ups on demanding clean water in all Indigenous communities and changes to the child welfare services … so getting together to write our letters really does work!
I thought that there are probably others in the same situation in relation to letter writing. We really mean to, but we don’t know where to start, and life gets busy and we don’t get around to writing that letter. My thinking is that if I organize this and we all get together to do this, we will definitely do it.
To help us, I have put together a template for the letter that everyone can pick and choose wording from. I have the address we need to send it to – and you don’t even need a stamp! We will figure this out together.
This will be an amazing lesson for all the kids about the truth that the Prime Minister actually works for us – we have the power to tell him what we think his government should be working on. And if enough of us use our voices to say that we want changes to the justice system, he will listen.
This is an important lesson that David Robertson, author of many beautiful books including “When We Were Alone”, taught us when the kids in my Upstanders Academy got to interview him the other day – you can watch a clip from that interview here.
This will be even more powerful if these letters are written in the kids’ handwriting – and they can even draw a picture in their letter. I can’t wait to see what words these awesome kids choose and what their final letters look like.
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