Call to Action 80 - A Reason to Remember
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"We call upon the federal government, with support from Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process."
This is the direct quote from the 94 Calls to Action made by the FNMI communities in Canada towards the government. These Calls to Action have been treated as recommendations and pushed aside. This is continuing the marginalization and oppression of Canada's Indigenous people.
We are fighting to create a statutory holiday in remembrance of the legacy of residential schools and in honour of the survivors and their families. The first step to reconciliation is accepting that as a nation we did something wrong. In order to move forward in true harmony, as we boast that we already do, we must reconcile with our FNMI communities. To read more on Canada's true history, visit here.
Many people may not see this as their problem. I am speaking as a non-indigenous voice who has chosen to ally with indigenous people. I live on treaty-land, 40 minutes away from the nearest residential school. My ancestors may not have been involved as I am a first generation immigrant, but my friends' were. We can't turn a blind eye because "it doesn't affect me". Our history has led to spiking suicide rates, degradation of human rights, and systematic oppression in our backyard. (To learn more on current indigenous issues, visit here, or here, or just search this.) As a Canadian, how can anyone stand for that?
Let's stand together for change, let's remember as a nation, and let's move forward in harmony. Please sign and share this petition.
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