US Election – Note from Chief JosephNov 9, 2016
I awoke this morning to the news of the US election outcome. Millions of individuals and communities supported both sides of the campaign. For some, the news was exciting, and for others it was disappointing. The divisive nature of the electoral process can be harmful and highlights the importance of unity and respect in our societies.
Our children look to us for guidance, and we have an opportunity to be the role-models that they deserve. Let us teach our children the values of empathy, love, compassion and humility, and cultivate a society that allows all peoples to reach their optimum potential.
Our relationships transcend borders, boundaries, backgrounds and cultures. I encourage you to reach out and listen whole-heartedly to your neighbours and peers. Embrace their unique strengths and diverse perspectives, and understand the interconnectedness that exists among us.
Right now, we are caught in a place between fear and hope. Reconciliation, in all its forms, requires patience, openness and courage. Now, more than ever, I urge you to stay the course. Do not get weary.
We must move forward together. Our future, and the well-being of all our children rests with the kind of relationships we build today.
Chief Dr. Robert Joseph
Ambassador, Reconciliation Canada