Mayor Michael Fougere: Petition for Revision to Newcomers to Canada Indigenous Information
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We, as concerned citizens, are requesting action by 3 levels of government to act on revising the newcomers information and citizen test to reflect a more inclusive history of Indigenous Canadians. Including, but not limited to, information of Treaties and the history of the Residential schools.
We are requesting specific action from the Municipal Government Mayor Michael Fougere, of Regina Sk., to revise the "Welcome to Regina Brochure" (http://welcometoregina.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/city-newcomer-welcome-guide.pdf). There is NO mention of First Nations/Metis peoples, history, cultural practices or Indigenous ways of knowing. It does not even state that we are on Treaty 4 land.the first paragraph states: "The Regina area was originally called Pile of Bones because of the huge piles of buffalo bones left in the area by hunters. In the early 1880s, Regina was incorporated as a town and renamed Regina (Latin for Queen) after Queen Victoria who was the monarch at that time. You will find many historical references to the monarchy throughout the community." This is problematic! If the pamphlet is going to dedicate a small paragraph to history, it should make sure the history reflects the first peoples.
Our concerns specifically address the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action #93: "We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with the national Aboriginal organizations, to revise the information kit for newcomers to Canada and its citizenship test to reflect a more inclusive history of the diverse Aboriginal peoples of Canada, including Calls to Action| 11 information about the Treaties and the history of residential schools."
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