Indigenous Peoples Day Proclamation - June 21, 2021
WHEREAS the Constitution of Canada recognizes the existing rights of Indigenous Peoples;
WHEREAS Indigenous Peoples have made and continue to make valuable contributions to Canadian society;
WHEREAS it is considered appropriate that there be, each year, a day to mark and celebrate these contributions and to recognize the different cultures of Indigenous Peoples;
WHEREAS June 21 has become known as a day to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of Indigenous Peoples.
WHEREAS, this year, the Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island are in pain following the discovery of the 215 children at the Kamloops Residential School;
WHEREAS First Nations have been asking for Canadians to acknowledge these tragic losses for many years and that there are Indigenous Peoples who walk among us who have been tragically affected by residential schools;
WHEREAS children lost at residential schools across Canada would now be Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and change makers in our communities, but they never came home.
WHEREAS residential schools are only one part of the history of wrongdoing to Indigenous Peoples and those are still prevalent today and continue to do harm through generations;
WHEREAS Sturgeon County mourns the 215 Indigenous children and the others that never came home and the harms done at the hands of governments, institutions, and people for generations. The County seeks the direction and advice of our Treaty Six neighbours as we navigate the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action;
THEREFORE I, Alanna Hnatiw, Mayor of Sturgeon County, do hereby proclaim June 21, 2021, as Indigenous Peoples Day in Sturgeon County and call upon residents to recognize this day by committing to reading, understanding, and supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Report and the Calls to Action to repair the harm caused by residential schools and help move forward with reconciliation.