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Amanda Lathlin, Manitoba NDP MLA for The Pas, is calling for the provincial government to put a push on Ottawa to recognize Indigenous people as the founders of Canada.
“It’s time to recognize Indigenous people as founders of Canada,” Lathlin said in a release. “Recognizing the role of Indigenous nations and people in the founding of Canada is a step towards building a meaningful nation-to-nation relationship and an important step toward reconciliation.”Read more
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THERE WERE THREE FOUNDING PEOPLES OF CANADA
Phil Fontaine, residential school survivor, is former chief of the Assembly of First Nations.Read more
"While the discriminatory remarks of the Canadian public on Indigenous issues in online media comment sections and many social media demonstrate a general lack of knowledge of Indigenous histories, they are equally indicative of how much more Canadians need to learn about Indigenous issues and Indigenous peoples' historical and contemporary relationships with Canada and (other) Canadians." - Tracy BearRead more
Recognition2Action.ca is a civic engagement campaign to educate people about the role Indigenous peoples have played in founding Canada.
This project is being carried out in collaboration with a broad network of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous organizations and individuals who have articulated statements of support.
On this page, you will find some additional resources, images and videos you can share.
1. Canada's 3 Founding Nations - Phil Fontaine
2. Melina Laboucan-Massimo: The TRC was the first step of many many steps of a journey; of healing this place we now call Canada." The Truth and Reconciliation process "is Canadians relearning the history of the country that they now call Canada."
3. Kathleen Mahoney, “The roadblock to reconciliation: "Canada’s origin story is false”.
4. Assembly of First Nations: 2016 Annual General Assembly. July 12, 13, & 14, 2016; Niagara Falls Ontario. Resolution no. 60/2016.
5. Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.
6. Weaponizing History for Reconciliation: Kamloops archeologist Joanna Hammond on the concrete manifestations of Indigenous history on Turtle Island: The land is crawling with reminders of Indigenous peoples occupation since time immemorial.
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Summary: Kathleen Mahoney breaks down the legal case for legislation that clearly establishes Indigenous peoples' status as founders of Canada. Professor Mahoney is a leading human rights legal expert and renowned for her work on the historic settlement agreement between the Government of Canada and Aboriginal residential school survivors.