On Thursday, July 1st we celebrate Canada Day
Canada is a great nation, we are the true north strong and free. But our country has dark, shameful and terrifying days in its history. While we celebrate Canada, we urge everyone to continue to investigate and learn about our nation’s past, including our role in the residential school system.
As our Indigenous brothers and sisters speak and share their truth, it’s up to us to listen, acknowledge and grow from their truths. We must be strong allies.
We urge you to review the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Make a plan to read and act on the Calls to Action. We all have a role to play. Our actions can create a wave of positive change.
We urge all levels of government to honour their commitments and remain active participants in the Truth and Reconciliation process.
Our home is Canada – a nation home to many cultures, languages and people. Being a multicultural nation is one of our biggest strengths. We can all be better neighbours by understanding, respecting and welcoming all peoples, regardless of their homeland, language, culture, immigration and health status.
Let’s work to fulfill our potential as a nation. Let us reflect on all that has transpired these past few months and let us all work and commit ourselves to becoming a nation where everyone is welcomed, where we learn and acknowledge our full history.
On Thursday, July 1, our virtual offices will be closed. We will resume our work on Friday, July 2.