We Are All Treaty People

Statement from the Office of the Treaty Commissioner

  • Published - 30/06/2021
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  • Posted By - OTC
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It has been a difficult few months, finding the remains of children at two residential schools and knowing that the more we look the more will be found. For years Indigenous communities talked about the children who never returned home. This is bringing to light what they already knew and what can’t be denied now.

For others, the past month is shedding a new light of truth on the history of Canada. 

This Canada Day consider wearing orange instead of red and white as some people do, we can do this to honour the truths we have to continue to understand. It’s also in honour of Indigenous Peoples and the Treaty relationships that are the base of Canada’s foundation. 

Take time on July 1 to acknowledge what Indigenous Peoples endured in residential schools, during 60s scoop, and with the pass system. Take time to learn about residential schools, there is so much material available. Listen to the experiences of survivors, read the reports from Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 

As we work towards reconciliation, we can never forget that the truth of the history must come first. This Canada Day the OTC asks that people celebrate their resiliency, that all Canadians learn and educate themselves to understand why so many people are grieving all over again, are hurting so profoundly and work to repair the Treaty relationship. No other generation can endure what the others before us have, and experience what we are going through now. This is all based in racism, discrimination and assimilation. As horrific as the truth is Canada needs to face it. #HonourTheTruth  #HonourTheTreaties

A national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has also been set up to provide support for former students and those affected. People can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.