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The role Indigenous peoples played in founding Canada

Indigenous people have not received recognition for their contributions to building Canada. The idea that our nation was founded exclusively by the British and French is harmful, unfair and incomplete.


The Indigenous peoples of Canada were the first to govern this land. They were on this land for thousands of years before Confederation and played a pivotal role in the founding of Canada.


A country cannot be built on an incomplete history. Now is the time to effect change.


Now is the time to protect and promote Indigenous languages, cultures, history and traditions.


Now is the time to respect the inherent right of Indigenous peoples to develop, maintain and strengthen their relationship with their lands and waters.


Now is the time to complete the story of our nation.


Now is the time for Canadians to stand up and turn recognition into action.



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Recognition 2 Action is a civic engagement campaign to educate people about the role Indigenous peoples have played in founding Canada. The following network of organizations have articulated statements around this subject. (Click an organization's logo to see their statement)

Assembly of First Nations

Muskowekwan First Nation

Dene Nation

University of Calgary

Reconciliation Canada

Turtle Island Water Enterprises

Four Nations Coalition of Indigenous Medicine

Northwest Territories/Nunavut Council of Friendship Centre


Confederation Centre for the Arts

Drawing Wisdom

University Canada West