Recognition2Action.ca is a civic engagement campaign to educate people about the role Indigenous peoples have played in founding Canada.
The idea that Canada was founded by the British and French, is incomplete. Indigenous peoples were here long before both and should be recognized as at least equal founders of this nation.
In 1996, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples observed, ‘A country cannot be built on a living lie.’ Now is the time, during the Canada 150 activities, to complete the story.
The government should adopt legislation that acknowledges that Indigenous peoples are a founders of Canada. It’s time for the government to take action and make specific commitments to right this wrong. It’s time to turn recognition to action
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.
Why is this important? Read Professor Kathleen Mahoney’s detailed legal rationale for legislation recognizing Indigenous peoples as founders of Canada HERE