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Ep. 28 My take on Canada's dark history and national day of truth and reconciliation [society]
Episode 2830th September 2023 • The Borealis Experience • Aurora Eggert
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Canada's dark history, particularly in relation to its treatment of Indigenous peoples, is a painful and complex chapter that demands recognition, understanding, and reconciliation. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, observed on September 30th, is an important step towards acknowledging this history and working towards a more equitable future.

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  • Self-care, connection, and purpose with a life coach. 0:02
  • Aurora offers life coaching, intimacy retreats, and team building experiences at her physical location.
  • National Day of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. 1:14
  • Aurora Eggert shares her thoughts on National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, expressing surprise at Canadians' lack of understanding of Indigenous history and its impact on the community.
  • Canada's dark history and its impact on society. 4:05
  • Speaker reflects on lack of exposure to residential school history in Canada, contrasting with their own childhood experiences with Holocaust education in Germany.
  • Speaker 1 emphasizes the importance of acknowledging Canada's dark history to facilitate healing and change.
  • The importance of addressing emotions and history. 7:54
  • Speaker expresses gratitude for schooling on World War II, desires deeper understanding of history and connections.
  • Speaker argues that North America suppresses sadness and grief, while countries like Italy, Portugal, and Spain express emotions openly.
  • Healing and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. 11:12
  • Speaker hopes to contribute to reconciliation efforts by being humble, curious, and proactive in supporting Indigenous communities.



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is out there to connect on long distance, right. Okay, let's

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dive into today's episode. Today is September 30 2023. National

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Day of truth and reconciliation. And what I want to do today is

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just share my two cents on what I feel and think about this very

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important day. It's it's about time. It's about time that

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Canada looks at their history, and uncovers horrific truth. You

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know, I, I was born and raised in Germany, and we all know

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about Canadian history is on a superficial level. And when I

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first got to Canada, I was very, very surprised if not even

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shocked to witness that people would point at the indigenous

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community and tell me that they are a lost cause that they are

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quitters addicts, homeless people who don't, you know, can

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keep their shit together. And I just thought to myself, What?

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What is going on? Like, don't you make the connection that

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this is a reaction, a response to the trauma that has happened?

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Not too long ago. So it was really interesting for me to see

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that basically most Canadians and of course not all, but most

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Canadians were not really exposed to the history and the

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horrific events that that took place with residential schools.

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And that was very odd to me because you have to know that in

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Germany, young children, I want to say I was between 10 or 14

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years old. We were sent on field trips to concentration camps

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where they would show us videos and full on me Movies about what

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was happening throughout the Holocaust and World War Two. And

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as a young child's, I can only see how, yeah, that affected me

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on a very, very deeply level and even, you know, traumatized me.

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But it traumatized me in a way that I was now aware of my

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country's history, aware of what human beings are capable of

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doing. And as a whole, when when young kids, or people in general

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are being exposed to truth, like that, it does something to you,

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there's no way that you are unaffected by it. And what comes

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out of it for me is that you want to understand you want a

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question you want to ask so many questions, you want to have so

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much compassion and empathy, and understanding. And less othering

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is happening, I want to say, once we know and understand that

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the people who struggle with addiction, depression,

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homelessness that there is a story to it, they were not born

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that way. And I can only wish for Canada, that they will

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become so radically truthful and recognize what happened. And

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realize that this is the only way to have change happening.

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And healing happening. Right, we can keep running around and

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telling the indigenous people that they need to heal faster,

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and they need to, you know, get their shit together. We need to

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first go back to the darkness, we need to first fully

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acknowledge and grasp Canada's dark history. Before we can move

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on together as a society and heal together. There is no way

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around. There is absolutely no way around. And I'm so very

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grateful. You know, as a youngster, I complain that this

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is so much with World War Two and everything is about World

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War Two. But now I'm so endlessly grateful that my

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school system put me through that. Because I can see now when

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I travel to other countries, I want to know the full story. And

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I want to only see, you know the pretty and witty stuff that is

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shiny and glittery, and interesting and beautiful beach

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here and nice hotel there. No, I'm not interested in that. I

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want to know about the history. I want to know what those people

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went through in order to be where they are today. And when

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it comes to Canada I want to say as a whole there is I don't know

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how to say this without offending anybody. But there is

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this superficiality when it comes to connections. When it

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comes to conversations when it comes to talking about history

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and darkness when it comes to embracing shame and guilt as a

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whole. There's this toxic positivity and toxic beauty I

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want to say right that beauty of fake lashes and lip face lifting

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and Botox and vitamin cures. But underneath the struggle

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underneath and the darkness that every single person is carrying

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in their soul and their heart is not being allowed to be

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addressed openly. So a lot of people struggle with feeling

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depressed and lonely and isolated and repressed and

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misunderstood, because as a society, it is not being

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normalized, to not be okay. Right? When you look at

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countries like Italy, Portugal and Spain, where it's very

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passionate countries with a lot of screaming and we're

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flowerpots are being thrown off the balconies, and anger is

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being expressed in our, you know, healthy way I want to say.

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And sadness is being expressed grief is being processed. And

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here in North America, I feel Yeah, we acknowledge the anger,

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but we suppress it right away, we acknowledged sadness and

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grief, but we distract ourselves right away. And we don't give

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room for these intense feelings that are a natural part of human

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being a human being. So I don't want to say that I I've found

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the solution to alleviating suffering and human beings and

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how to make North America a better place. But I'm just so so

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hopeful that now that all this dark history about Canada comes

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up, that we can actually start the healing process. Everything

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that happened before was just living in denial of it and

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wondering why some people struggle more than others, and

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pointing the finger at symptoms instead of addressing the root

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cause. And I feel the root cause is not acknowledging what has

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happened in the past. So hashtag orange shirt day, hashtag,

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National Day of truth and reconciliation, hashtag

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indigenous lives matter. Hashtag community love and support. And,

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yeah, hopefully, hopefully, I can be just, you know, have

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little support or big support to this movement to this change

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that's coming up. Because yeah, I still feel like an immigrant

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and I, I wouldn't want to put myself in a position where

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people think, Oh, she knows how to heal us and how to go about

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it. I want. I want to be told what I can do to help. And I

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want to ask questions, and I want to be proactive about it

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and not just passive. But, yeah, I want to be humble and curious.

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And I want to find out more and if you happen to be doing stuff

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already. That is helping this movement. If you are engaged in

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any community events or support. I'd love to hear from you. I'd

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love to hear your thoughts. And yeah, I'm excited for what's to

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come, even though it might get messy, but it's for the better.

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Alright, take really good care of yourself. And I'll be out

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there very soon.

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