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Meet the Staff

About 70 per cent of staff at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) are intergenerational Survivors, 60s scoop Survivors, and other Indigenous Peoples. Our staff brings with them a rich diversity of experiences, perspectives and knowledge from their Nations and communities across Canada. Over 50 per cent of the NCTR leadership team are women.

The NCTR also relies heavily on additional human resources provided at the University of Manitoba (UM) and other partner institutions and we are grateful for their generous support and contributions.

Our Team

Meet our team and learn more about our roles at the NCTR.

Stephanie Scott

Executive Director

Stephanie Scott is currently the Executive Director of the NCTR. She is coming to this role from her past position…

Stephanie Scott is currently the Executive Director of the NCTR. She is coming to this role from her past position as Director of Operations with the NCTR where she oversaw all budgeting and financial commitments of the NCTR, along with human resources activities. Prior to joining the NCTR team, Stephanie worked with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as the Manager of Statement Gathering: she was responsible for the gathering and documenting of ‘Residential School Survivors’ audio and video recorded statements. In addition to this role while at the TRC, Stephanie served as Executive Assistant to the Chair of the TRC where she learned invaluable leadership skills. Prior to her work with the TRC, Stephanie enjoyed a long and successful career operating her own production business, which she still oversees part-time. Through her past and current work with residential school Survivors, Stephanie experiences first hand their strength, courage and resilience as they overcome many challenges and pass these teachings onto the next generation.

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Carmen Roy

Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

Carmen is the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director at the NCTR.

Carmen is the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director at the NCTR.

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Raymond Frogner

Head of Archives

Raymond Frogner is the Head of Archives. Born in Port Alberni, British Columbia Raymond received his Master of Arts degree…

Raymond Frogner is the Head of Archives. Born in Port Alberni, British Columbia Raymond received his Master of Arts degree in Labour History form the University of Victoria and a Master of Archival Studies degree from University of British Columbia. His graduate work focused on archives and Indigenous identity. He continues to research and publish on archival issues with a focus on Indigenous societies, identity and memory. Raymond joined NCTR in 2016 as the Head of Archives. Raymond is responsible to respectfully honour, safeguard and when appropriate, make available the records acquired by the TRC and additional records of enduring value for Indigenous peoples.

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Professor Brenda Gunn

Academic and Research Director

As a proud Metis woman, University of Manitoba law Professor Brenda Gunn combines academic research with activism pushing for greater…

As a proud Metis woman, University of Manitoba law Professor Brenda Gunn combines academic research with activism pushing for greater recognition of Indigenous peoples’ inherent rights as determined by their own legal traditions. After earning a JD at the University of Toronto and an LLM in Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy at the University of Arizona, Brenda worked at a community legal clinic in Guatemala on a case of genocide submitted to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She has also worked with Manitoba First Nations on Aboriginal and treaty rights issues. Brenda continues to be actively involved in the international Indigenous peoples’ movement. She developed a handbook that is one of the main resources in Canada on understanding the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (http://www.indigenousbar.ca/pdf/undrip_handbook.pdf) and has delivered workshops on the Declaration across Canada and internationally. She has also provided technical assistance to the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In 2013, Brenda participated in UN training to enhance the conflict prevention and peacemaking capacities of Indigenous Peoples’ representatives, which continues to impact her research. She aims to do research that will contribute building a more just world for her daughter, her nieces and all their relations.

 

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Emmanuel Modozie

Finance/Contract Manager

Emmanuel Modozie is currently the Finance/Contract Manager at NCTR and is an active member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of…

Emmanuel Modozie is currently the Finance/Contract Manager at NCTR and is an active member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Manitoba. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, and obtained his professional designation of CMA, CPA. Beginning his career with a focus on accounting and finance operations through the banking industry; he furthered his expertise in financial analysis through the automobile and retail industries before joining UM and NCTR. Emmanuel is a steward for sound financial management focusing on supporting and educating the university community on guidelines and functions related to fund management. Emmanuel has understanding and empathy for the Indigenous Peoples of Canada experience.

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Donna Ricard

Executive Assistant to the Head of Archives

Donna is the Executive Assistant to the Head of Archives at the NCTR. She is a proud Metis, born and…

Donna is the Executive Assistant to the Head of Archives at the NCTR. She is a proud Metis, born and raised in Portage la Prairie, while spending time in her family’s home community of St. Ambroise. Prior to working for the NCTR, she worked for 23 years for the Government of Manitoba; 16 years in Portage la Prairie and the remaining in Winnipeg, after relocating to the city to expand educational and career opportunities for her family. She has two grown boys, and a very spoiled dog. Donna is honoured to join the team and is looking forward to learning from the Indigenous community.

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Lisa Thompson

Office Manager/HR

Lisa Thompson has over 15 years experience in various administrative roles ranging from reception to human resources to customer service…

Lisa Thompson has over 15 years experience in various administrative roles ranging from reception to human resources to customer service representative to purchasing. Lisa is Anishinaabe and her family is from the interlake region of Manitoba. As a ’60s scoop and intergenerational Survivor, she has a lot of empathy and respect for Survivors who have gone through so much and are still able to share their experiences with dignity and honour. She is currently working towards learning more about her culture and reconnecting with her community.

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Christine Lenze

Governance Secretary

Christine Lenze (Bear Clan) is an Anishinaabe band member of Long Plain First Nation in Treaty 1. After living in Southern…

Christine Lenze (Bear Clan) is an Anishinaabe band member of Long Plain First Nation in Treaty 1. After living in Southern Ontario for over 10 years where she worked on several projects aimed at addressing Indigenous homelessness, she moved back to Winnipeg to be closer to her home community. Christine has studied at the University of Winnipeg where she majored in Psychology and English Literature, and subsequently at the University of Guelph’s School of Literature and Performance Studies in English. She sits on the Board of Directors for CECHO (Center of Excellence on Community Healing Organization) as well as several committees.

Christine is also an avid video game player and cat lover. She lives in Winnipeg with her partner, two children, and her cats.

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Jennifer Wood

Commemoration and Community Engagement Liaison Officer

Jennifer is Ojibway from Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation, Ontario. She was the Coordinator of the Residential Schools Settlement Agreement for nearly…

Jennifer is Ojibway from Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation, Ontario. She was the Coordinator of the Residential Schools Settlement Agreement for nearly a decade for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs She has organized some of the largest and most important Indigenous conferences in Canada.

Jennifer has worked on multiple projects and develop positive working relationships with diverse organizations throughout her career. In 2007 she planned and organized the First Residential School Survivors National Gathering for Survivors. In 2011, she coordinated the Hidden Legacy for Residential School Survivors Gathering and managed the National Protocol Signing Agreement whereby American tribes and First Nations in Canada signed a historical protocols agreement to work together and partner for business and other enterprises development.

Drawn into politics her whole adult life, Jennifer was the senior political staff adviser for then Grand Chief Sheila North of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), a governance organization representing 31 First Nations in northern Manitoba. Prior to that, she had worked for ten years as the political assistant to Elijah Harper, one of the first Indigenous Members of Parliament.

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Storm Allard

Governance Confidential Secretary

Storm Allard  is a member of Attawapiskat First Nation. He is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg’s Criminal Justice…

Storm Allard  is a member of Attawapiskat First Nation. He is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg’s Criminal Justice program. Prior to working with the NCTR Storm worked with the Government of Canada and a local pharmacy that serves Indigenous communities in northern Manitoba.

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Jesse Boiteau

Senior Archivist

Jesse Boiteau is the Senior Archivist and member of the Métis Nation. He completed his Masters in Archival Studies at…

Jesse Boiteau is the Senior Archivist and member of the Métis Nation. He completed his Masters in Archival Studies at UM, focusing on the intersections between Western archival theory and practice, and Indigenous notions of archives and memory to shed light on how the NCTR can accommodate and blend multiple viewpoints in its processes. Jesse works within a close archives team to process the records collected by the TRC, make new collections available online and respond to access requests from residential school Survivors. He is also continually researching ways to leverage new technologies to honour the experiences and truths of Survivors through innovative and participatory archival practices.

 

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Chris Zaste

Archives Data Coordinator

Chris Zaste is a Digital Archive Assistant at the NCTR. He works on preserving digital records and taking in new…

Chris Zaste is a Digital Archive Assistant at the NCTR. He works on preserving digital records and taking in new ones. He graduated with his MA from the Archival Studies program at UM and wrote his thesis on the challenges of digital preservation.

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Karen Ashbury

Reference and Access Archives Assistant

Karen Ashbury is a Reference and Access Archivist at the NCTR. She manages and coordinates reference requests made to NCTR…

Karen Ashbury is a Reference and Access Archivist at the NCTR. She manages and coordinates reference requests made to NCTR Archives, including requests made by residential school Survivors and their families. Originally from Fort Frances, Ontario, Karen completed her Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology at Queen’s University. Her prior experience includes working as a collections manager for a small community museum and archives and with the National Museum of Bermuda. Prior to joining the NCTR, Karen worked as an archivist at the NWT Archives in Yellowknife, where she conducted research and was responsible for the coordination of reference requests made by residential school Survivors that attended residential schools in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

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Kimberley Hayden

Research and Access Archives Assistant

Kimberley Hayden supports Survivors, their families, communities and others affected by the residential school system with access to NCTR Archives…

Kimberley Hayden supports Survivors, their families, communities and others affected by the residential school system with access to NCTR Archives through research. Kimberley earned a Master of Education (uOttawa), Graduate Diploma in Art Education (Concordia U, Montréal), and Bachelor of Fine Arts, Specialization in Art Education (Concordia U, Montréal). She has worked with the collections and holdings of various organizations in roles that honour and support Indigenous perspectives. As a reflective practice, she puts needle and brush to canvas creating beaded artworks, several of which rest in public and private collections. Kimberley is a Métis Nation citizen.

 

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Preeti Kaur

Research and Access Archivist Assistant

Preeti Kaur is a Research and Access Archivist Assistant. She aids residential school Survivors and their families with access requests…

Preeti Kaur is a Research and Access Archivist Assistant. She aids residential school Survivors and their families with access requests through research. Preeti earned her Master’s in Archival Studies from the University of Manitoba in 2019. Her thesis focused on the use of microfilm in archives, mainly that of the Department of the Interior. This led her to explore how Interior’s microfilm records communicate the history of the dispossession of Indigenous communities and the lack of Indigenous perspectives in the management of such records. Preeti continues to learn about Indigenous experiences and memory through her position at the NCTR.

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Daniel Lovegrove

IT Data Coordinator

Daniel Lovegrove is an IT Assistant to the digital archivists at the NCTR and a member of Long Plain First…

Daniel Lovegrove is an IT Assistant to the digital archivists at the NCTR and a member of Long Plain First Nation. Daniel’s main focus at the NCTR is on writing code to automate repetitive tasks for the Archives team. The software he develops is targeted at reducing the amount of tedious work for the Archives staff and at reducing human errors while working on very large collections of records. Daniel also works on writing code for the NCTR’s various websites. He joined the NCTR Archives team in August 2019. Daniel graduated with a BSc in Computer Engineering from UM in 2019, with a focus on software engineering.

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Kaila Johnston

Supervisor of Education, Outreach, and Public Programming

As the Supervisor of Education, Outreach, and Public Programming, Kaila oversees matters related to the support of educators, development of…

As the Supervisor of Education, Outreach, and Public Programming, Kaila oversees matters related to the support of educators, development of resources, establishment of outreach initiatives, as well as public engagement on residential schools and their legacy. Prior to joining the NCTR, Kaila worked with the TRC as a statement gatherer and coordinator to support statement gathering activities. She holds a BA (Hons.) in Criminal Justice from the University of Winnipeg and a MSc in International Crimes and Criminology from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

 

 

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Steven Greyeyes

Education Coordinator

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Jay Nadeau

IT Project Manager

Jay Nadeau the IT Project Manager, is motivated personally and professionally to use his skills as a Project Manager to…

Jay Nadeau the IT Project Manager, is motivated personally and professionally to use his skills as a Project Manager to make a difference and contribute to the truth and reconciliation in Canada. He manages projects to meet NCTR strategic planning goals. Before joining NCTR in 2017, Jay managed IT and communication technology projects for Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Engineering at UM in 2005.

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Lee-Anne Van Buekenhout

Communications Officer

Lee-Anne Van Buekenhout is the Communications Officer for NCTR. Lee-Anne is a proud Métis woman. She grew up in Dauphin…

Lee-Anne Van Buekenhout is the Communications Officer for NCTR. Lee-Anne is a proud Métis woman. She grew up in Dauphin and her Metis community comes from Baie St. Paul MB, and St. Anne’s in southern MB. She has a BA in psychology and business administration from the University of Winnipeg and after years of working in marketing and events for the Winnipeg arts industry, she pursued her MBA in Toronto at the Schulich School of Business. Through her MBA experience, she expanded her knowledge of the need for Indigenous student, faculty and staff voices at post-secondary institutions by participating on the Aboriginal Business Round Table for Cape Breton and met with the Schulich School of Business leadership to examine their Indigenous recruitment initiatives. She supported the Métis community by working for the Métis Nation of Ontario within the Education and Training branch for five years in various roles including partnership and policy development. As the Métis representative, she was a member of the University of Toronto’s Council of Aboriginal Initiatives and the Chair of the University of Ottawa’s Aboriginal Education Council.

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Suroj Budhu

Project Coordinator

Suroj is a project coordinator at the NCTR. Suroj graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Computer Science degree…

Suroj is a project coordinator at the NCTR.

Suroj graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Computer Science degree and worked at MTS upon graduating.  She has developed many skills throughout her work experiences, starting out as a programmer and progressing to senior analyst before transitioning into project management.  Suroj is looking forward to applying these skills on research projects looking for information about children who have gone missing while attending residential schools.

She is honored to work at the NCTR and learn more about Indigenous people and their culture.

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David Terrazas

IT Data Coordinator

David Terrazas is an IT Data Coordinator at the NCTR. David Terrazas obtained his B.Eng. in Mechatronic Engineering with honours…

David Terrazas is an IT Data Coordinator at the NCTR. David Terrazas obtained his B.Eng. in Mechatronic Engineering with honours from the Technological Institute of Cuauhtémoc City (ITCC), México, in 2005, where he obtained the Cimarrón Award in two occasions, and the State Governor Award both recognizing his academic excellence. He then obtained his M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 2013. He will earn his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba in October 2021.

He is a member of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Manitoba.  He has published 15 research articles in international conferences and recognized journals. His doctorate research in cybersecurity includes two patents. His professional experience involves mechatronic applications and mining incursions in Scotland, Germany, and México.

He is member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Internet Society (ISOC), the ISOC Chapters (Canada, InterPlanetary Networking, and Mexico), the ISOC Communities (Encryption for Everyone, Internet for Education, Latin Community, and Open Standards Everywhere Project), the ISOC Special Interest Groups (Blockchain, Community Networks, Cybersecurity, Internet-of-Food (IoF), and Internet-of-Things (IoT)), and of the Radio Amateur of Canada (RAC).

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Trinity Cyr

Receptionist/Office Assistant

Trinity Cyr became the NCTR Receptionist/Office Assistant in July of 2021, she is a graduate from Red River College, completing…

Trinity Cyr became the NCTR Receptionist/Office Assistant in July of 2021, she is a graduate from Red River College, completing her studies in Business Administration and Human Resource Management. Trinity will be your first point of contact for all phone and email inquiries to NCTR, she takes pride in handling all matters with compassion and kindness. As a proud Manitoba Metis Citizen, Trinity is looking forward to being a part of the NCTR Team and contributing to reconciliation in Canada.

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Desirae Phillips

Special Events Coordinator

Desirae is the NCTR’s Special Events Coordinator. She has a Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction) in Criminology from the University…

Desirae is the NCTR’s Special Events Coordinator. She has a Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction) in Criminology from the University of Manitoba.

Desirae is a proud Métis woman, a big sister, and a friend to all cats.

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Jeanette Mockford

Access and Privacy Coordinator

Jeanette Mockford is the NCTR’s Access and Privacy Coordinator. She reviews and coordinates access of Centre records for users including…

Jeanette Mockford is the NCTR’s Access and Privacy Coordinator. She reviews and coordinates access of Centre records for users including residential school Survivors and their families. Jeanette completed her Master of Arts in Archival Studies at UM. Her prior experience in records spans work in university, private and civic archives, copyright, university records management and access and privacy.

 

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Blake Kent

Access and Privacy Coordinator

Blake Kent is the NCTR’s Access and Privacy Coordinator. His duties include organizing access requests and reviewing documents for proactive…

Blake Kent is the NCTR’s Access and Privacy Coordinator. His duties include organizing access requests and reviewing documents for proactive disclosure. Blake earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Indigenous Studies from the University of Winnipeg and a diploma in Aboriginal Self-Government Administration from Red River College.  Prior to joining the NCTR, Blake held a position at Lake St. Martin School. He is a member of the Lake St. Martin First Nation.

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Hunter Clemons

Access and Privacy Assistant

Hunter Clemons is the NCTR’s Access and Privacy Assistant. Hunter is a proud Metis woman, a member of the southeast…

Hunter Clemons is the NCTR’s Access and Privacy Assistant. Hunter is a proud Metis woman, a member of the southeast local and originates from the Metis community of Manigotagan. Hunter’s main focus at the NCTR is reviewing and compiling access requests, while ensuring all the applicable documentation is available for the Access and Privacy Coordinators to review and share with residential school Survivors and their families.

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Dennis Anderson

Research Assistant

Dennis Anderson is a Research Assistant at the NCTR. He is from Makeso Sákahikan Nehiyaw (Fox Lake Cree). Dennis has…

Dennis Anderson is a Research Assistant at the NCTR. He is from Makeso Sákahikan Nehiyaw (Fox Lake Cree). Dennis has five adult children, 13 grandchildren and four beautiful cápans (great-granddaughters). Dennis’ parents attended residential school and he is also a residential school Survivor and he grew up in a hydro-impacted community in Gillam. He graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree and is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Native Studies at UM – due to graduate in 2022. Since joining the NCTR in June 2018, he is working on or has worked on several projects, such as missing children and unmarked graves of residential school students, reviewing and captioning residential school photos, reviewing day schools as per the draft settlement, and reviewing residential school histories providing summary narratives.

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Ian Calliou

Project Research Assistant

Dr. Ian Calliou is a project research assistant on the second phase of the Missing Children project. He completed his…

Dr. Ian Calliou is a project research assistant on the second phase of the Missing Children project. He completed his PhD at the Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University. His research looks at how Indigenous peoples define reconciliation through their ways of knowing, being, and doing. He also has an LLM from the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York, where he examined the economic and educational outcomes of Indigenous peoples living outside of their communities and nations. Prior to working with the NCTR, Ian was a Research Fellow with the University of Warwick in the Ethics and Climate and Development research group. He is also a postdoctoral researcher for Cardiff University, investigating refugees and informal cross-border trade in Bangladesh-Myanmar, Colombia-Venezuela, and Uganda-South Sudan. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the CTPSR in the Global Inequalities and Development, and the Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation research groups. Ian is an intergenerational survivor; this role is a chance to commemorate those who attended residential schools and the communities and nations affected by the policies and practices that enabled them.

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Teresa Clifton

Audio/Video Technician

Teresa is Métis from Winnipeg, Manitoba and is currently employed as the Audio/Video Technician at the NCTR.  Working closely with…

Teresa is Métis from Winnipeg, Manitoba and is currently employed as the Audio/Video Technician at the NCTR.  Working closely with the Senior Archives team at NCTR, Teresa has a great deal of experience in preserving the history of Residential School Survivors through videos, interviews and archival history.

Teresa has spent over 25 years gaining extensive experience and expertise in a wide range of broadcasting actives. She has special interest in live broadcasting and has worked on numerous live shows doing a variety of jobs.

Teresa won the NEXTmedia and Banff Television Scholarship from the Canadian Women in Communications and Technology, was featured in the Winnipeg Women Magaine for her work in the broadcasting industry, Floor Director for APTN’s coverage of the 2010 Olympic Games and the Assistant Floor Director for the 2014 JUNO Awards, and Media Specialist with Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line.

Teresa is currently enrolled in the Digital and Social Media Marketing Certificate program at the University of Winnipeg and expects to graduate spring of 2022.

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NCTR’s spirit name – bezhig miigwan, meaning “one feather”.

Bezhig miigwan calls upon us to see each Survivor coming to the NCTR as a single eagle feather and to show those Survivors the same respect and attention an eagle feather deserves. It also teaches we are all in this together — we are all one, connected, and it is vital to work together to achieve reconciliation.