Earlier this year, the Federal Government passed legislation to mark September 30th as a federal holiday, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, following one of the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Tomorrow, we honour the lost lives and survivors of Canada’s residential school system. Let us seize this day for collective growth on our journey towards reconciliation. This day serves as an opportunity to reflect on the tragic and painful history that occurred on the land in which we are situated and acknowledge the intergenerational trauma of Indigenous families.
On the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, let us all further our knowledge on the injustices of the past which echoes in our present and recognize where we as a community can do better in delivering justice for Indigenous people. I join the call of community leaders that it is long past time for the Provincial Government to demonstrate understanding of their role in the reconciliation process and begin with declaring this day a statutory holiday in Ontario.
I am privileged to serve such a diverse community here in Scarborough-Guildwood. Our riding is home to many important and historic Indigenous sites, including the Tabor Hill Ossuary. I am grateful for the efforts of Eastview Public School and the TDSB for supporting education in Ojibwa language instruction, the development of urban Indigenous education programs and working with organizations such as Native Child and Family Services to support our local Indigenous community in their cultural identity and ways of knowing.
September 30th, also marks Orange Shirt Day. I encourage all residents to join me in wearing orange as we stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities and open the door for conversations about our past, present and the future.
MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood
- The Hope for Wellness Help Line is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for Indigenous peoples in need for counselling and crisis intervention. Toll-free: 1 (855) 242-3310 or Online Chat
- Residential School survivors can call 1 (866) 925-4419 for emotional crisis referral services and information on other health supports from the Government of Canada
- Whose Land supports learning about Indigenous Nations, territories, treaties and communities across Canada.https://www.whose.land/en/
- Orange Shirt Day donation/purchase a shirt link https://www.orangeshirtday.org/
- The University of Alberta offers a free Indigenous studies course that is open to the public: https://www.coursera.org/learn/indigenous-canada