Five signs of progress from the Recognition2Action.ca project

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It’s been quite a ride since we kicked off the Recognition2Action.ca campaign a little over two months ago.

Here are five exciting signs of progress so far: 

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Three years later, is Canada keeping its Truth and Reconciliation Commission promises?

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"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 Bear

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BC NDP's leader John Horgan makes commitment to act on reconciliation

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The BC NDP have made a few commitments to making true reconciliation a cross-government policy if elected in British Columbia's 2017 provincial elections. 

Do you believe John Horgan and the BC NDP? 

Read the BC NDP's commitment here. 

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Indigenous languages key to reconciliation

Language trees like Algonquian, Athapaskan, and Inuktitut drove their roots into this land millennia before a word of English or French was spoken here. There are more than 60 distinct indigenous languages in Canada. - Craig and Marc Kielburger

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The legal case for legislation recognizing Indigenous peoples as founders of Canada

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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.

 

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Breaking: Senator Lynn Beyak has been removed from the Senate’s Aboriginal peoples committee!

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Senator Lynn Beyak has been removed from the Senate’s Aboriginal peoples committee! Thank you for helping hold politicians accountable and let’s use this momentum in recognizing Indigenous Peoples as equal founders of Canada - keep up the good work, everyone!

Add your voice at recognition2action.ca/mp

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Recognizing 3 founders of Canada could make country whole: Phil Fontaine

Phil Fontaine spoke at talk organized by The Walrus magazine in Saskatoon on Monday evening. 

Read Phil Fontaine's full speech below. 

 

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Senato Beyak: Time to step down from the Senate's Aboriginal People's Committee

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Beyak’s comments that Canada should focus on the “good deeds” done by residential schools - which stole children from their homes in an effort to forcibly assimilate Indigenous peoples -- are totally unacceptable. They starkly contrast with the spirit and goals of the Senate committee, and show that she is unfit to serve on it.

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Canada's Three Founding Nations - Phil Fontaine

"So how do we tell the true origin story of Canada? The true origin story can only be told if Parliament formally, through legislation, recognizes that there are three founding peoples of Canada: the British, the French, and the Indigenous peoples" - Phil Fontaine

 

 

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Video: Beyak - 'A somewhat different side of the residential school story'

Lynn Beyak says she will not apologize or step down from Senate's Aboriginal Peoples committee

 

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