Legislation that formally acknowledges Indigenous peoples’ history and their role in founding Canada will allow for Canada to reconcile its past, laying a strong, hopeful, and inclusive foundation for a new relationship between settlers and Indigenous peoples.
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“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 founding nation 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."
"The Canadian Government needs to recognize the contributions the native people have made and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 recommendations. Only then will Canadians be truly able to hold their heads up high and declare, "I am a Canadian."
- Irene VaughanRead more
"It's as simple as telling the truth. It is undeniable that Canada, as we know it today, would not exist without the Indigenous Nations of this land. We should all consider it unthinkable that they have not been listed among the founders of our country."
- Amy Van Bergen
This is very important. We'd like to say a big thank you. It’s usually hard to pinpoint how impact happens but we believe the use of this recognition language in this article by Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould has to be from the www.recognition2action.ca campaign. It’s not legislation (yet!) but it gives us a platform to further build towards that:Read more
"I have come to understand that I have been privileged in Canada because I am white. I was on the side that made the rules. I didn't learn racism at home. On the contrary, my immigrant parents had a lot of respect for Native Canadians so I respected them too." - Judith Greenwood
"Now is the time for Government to support legislation recognizing Indigenous peoples' history and their role in founding Canada--and to celebrate their survival, their youth & arts & way of honouring the land, the animals, and each other. Now is the time to live up to our promises, to ensure clean water & the necessary health & educational services, and to put an end with concrete steps to systemic discrimination and harassment of Indigenous peoples." - Denise Giroux