Statement by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on National Indigenous History Month
This National Indigenous History Month, Ontario New Democrats stand in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples, First Nations, Métis and Inuit, living in Ontario, and across the country, who struggle for human rights, for justice, and for recognition.
As we reflect on the history of Indigenous people, their contributions and sacrifices today and yesterday, we call on the Ford government to restore funding to the Indigenous Culture Fund, and fulfill the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that includes a mandatory Indigenous curriculum in Ontario’s schools.
All Ontarians today and in the future, deserve the opportunity to learn about Indigenous Peoples and the land that we all share.
Statement By NDP Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation critic Sol Mamakwa on National Indigenous History Month
Greetings to all First Nations Métis and Inuit people in Ontario, as we celebrate over the month our diverse languages, cultures and unique heritages.
As we look back at the outstanding contributions of indigenous peoples to this country, we can stand strong and proud.
Stand strong and proud that we have survived historic and generational systems of oppression, discrimination, inequality and injustices.
Stand strong and proud that we are reclaiming our indigeneity and meaningful cultures, as we connect back to our land based healing and learning.
Stand strong and proud that we are agents of forgiveness and are committed partners with the government towards reconciliation.
Stand strong and proud, we are facing forward on the journey to a better Canada.