National Indigenous History Month

In Canada, June marks National Indigenous History Month. This month is an opportunity to reflect on the

important contribution that all Indigenous people have made, and continue to make to our country. It is also an opportunity to reflect on a number of past injustices that Indigenous people have suffered during our history.

 

This year the commemoration is made more significant by the heartbreaking discovery of a mass grave at the site of the Kamloops residential school in British Columbia. Flags at all City facilities were at half-mast for 215 hours (9 days) in June to honour the 215 children whose lives were lost at the school.

On June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day, events take place across the country, highlighting the strength of present day Indigenous communities and their promise for the future. Indigenous Peoples Day is an opportunity to commemorate the achievements of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

In recent years the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report was released outlining 94 recommendations to help heal the relationship between Indigenous people and Canada. One of the underlying themes in this report is to create a better understanding and address the injustices that have happened in the past, and continue to happen to this day.

As a proud Canadian I believe it is important that we all do what we can to move forward the goals that are outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final report. One of the best ways we can do this is to remain well informed about the issues.

To listen to former Senator Sinclair’s poignant message please click this link…

Murray Sinclair delivers statement on discovery at Kamloops residential school | CBC.ca