Reconciliation happens one person at a time’ – The Nugget

by ahnationtalk on March 17, 2017435 Views

March 17, 2017

Mike DeGagne is a big believer in the power of small actions.

“Reconciliation happens one person at a time, and can be something small, yet meaningful,” the chairman of Reconciliation North Bay told participants in a two-day conference on the theme of building relationships between Indigenous peoples and other Canadians.

“It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture,” said Dr. Degagne, president of Nipissing University and the first Indigenous person to hold such an office in Canada.

He produced a cherry and maple wood box made by area First Nation craftsman Andy Restoule and encouraged local organizations to demonstrate their commitment to reconciliation by putting “something symbolic” in it.

The first donation was made minutes later by North Bay Mayor Al McDonald, another conference speaker, who read aloud a proclamation declaring 2017 the Year of Reconciliation in the city before placing it inside the box.

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