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WACC: Canada's apology to aboriginal peoples

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The World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) promotes communication for social change. It believes that communication is a basic human right that defines people's common humanity, strengthens cultures, enables participation, creates community, and challenges tyranny and oppression. WACC's key concerns are media diversity, equal and affordable access to communication and knowledge, media and gender justice, and the relationship between communication and power.

The WACC issued a press release on June 12, as follows:

Canada's apology to aboriginal peoples is communication of the highest order

Toronto, Canada, 12 June (WACC) -- Calling yesterday's historic public apology to former students of aboriginal residential schools by the Canadian government, "a communicative act of the highest order", the World Association for Christian Communication looks forward to the country's leaders now acting on that apology.

While congratulating the government, a formal reaction to the apology issued by the organization says it would be "naive and wrong" to believe that merely apologizing and establishing forms of retributive or restorative justice might be sufficient. "Communicative acts are long-term processes that begin with genuine communication and continue long into the future ", the response says. "It is a long road, but the first step has been taken."

The organization's General Secretary, Randy Naylor, emphasizes that, "Saying sorry opens the door to a process of reconciliation that intends to heal a broken relationship. How long that healing takes depends on the depth of the injury, the sincerity of the apology, and the actions that follow."

You can read their full statement in the attachment below.

 

 

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