Greenland is a former colony, which changed its status with the constitutional amendment in 1953 becoming a part of the Danish Realm. Greenland has since evolved to become a self-governing country. Greenlandic people, and the development of Greenlandic society, have been and continue to be greatly influenced by a mindset that is a direct consequence of Greenland's colonial history.
The people of Greenland have a common responsibility to contribute to a positive development. In a diverse society, it is necessary to have respect for people with different memories and perceptions of events, historical actions, and decisions. It is important to discuss these issues in order to create awareness of their relevance in today's society, and people's lives - for the benefit of the self-awareness of the individual and Greenland as a whole.
The purpose of reconciliation as a process is to increase knowledge of social issues and foster understanding amongst citizens. A greater awareness of our shared past provides enhanced opportunities for building an inclusive and respectful society.
The Government has demonstrated its commitment to this process by initiating this program, with the desire for reconciliation to take place amongst the population. A commission is established to facilitate this process, and the Commission is supported by a secretariat.
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