TORONTO, June 21, 2017 – The Urban Alliance on Race Relations is honoured to add its voice to Canadians across the nation as we celebrate National Aboriginal Day, and the unique and important influence and impact of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples on Canada.
“National Aboriginal Day is an opportunity for us all to re-commit our efforts and resources to ensure all 94 Calls to Action of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada are met/acted upon,” said Nigel Barriffe, President of UARR. “First Nations, Métis and Inuit people have endured 500 years of colonialism, the horrors of residential schools, and the Government of Canada’s continued failure to meet its obligations under the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant.”
First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples were the first on this land, yet they have for far too long been treated as third class citizens. It is unconscionable that today, in 2017, Indigenous peoples still do not have the right to decideimportant issues that affect their communities. Canada must just honour First Nations treaty rights, and it must also move away from a relationship of paternalism and control and toward one of deference and support.
Canada has a duty to ensure equal opportunities and justice for all who share this land, particularly its First Peoples. It is no secret that this isn’t the case today.
Founded in 1975, Urban Alliance on Racial Relations has worked with the community and the public and private sectors to provide educational programs and research to address racism and discrimination in our society.
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