Members of the Musqueam First Nation perform a welcome dance before Musqueam Coast Salish artists and siblings Chrystal Sparrow and Chris Sparrow unveil a spindle whorl carving they created as a gift to the school from the 2019 graduating class, at Magee Secondary School in Vancouver, on Friday, September 23, 2022. The carving was unveiled ahead of Truth and Reconciliation Week and Orange Shirt Day as part of an art and film project in collaboration with the Musqueam First Nation, the school and local businesses. Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press.

How to commemorate Canada's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Reconciliation requires the sharing of truth, apology, and commemoration—all of which acknowledge and redress past harms. It requires, like a marriage, an ongoing commitment to continuing to learn about and respect one another, an ongoing commitment to renewing that relationship every year, and a willingness to want to make it work.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles while receiving the President of Switzerland Ignazio Cassis and his wife Paola Cassis during an audience at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, Thursday, April 28, 2022. Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP.

Elizabeth II, Queen and servant

The Queen, quite rightly, knew that it was her job to lead by example, to gently adapt the monarchy to the age, but not to follow it. This may be her greatest legacy: changing the Crown to fit the times, without anyone noticing she had done it.