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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick ORG XMIT: SKP203 Sean Kilpatrick, Letter writers share views on some of the announcements around National Aboriginal Day this past week. You can write to us too, at letters@ottawacitizen.com . Our guidelines are here .

Get past symbols and help indigenous kids

National Aboriginal Day just ended and there were a lot of symbolic gestures from the federal government, but what do they really mean for truth and reconciliation?Symbols are not just benign trinkets. They have been used by all cultures across time as powerful identifiers of values, identity, culture and aspirations. Like anything powerful, they can be used for both the good and the terrible. That is why the Elders always emphasize humility and respect in the […]

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