June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. I encourage all residents in Carleton Place to recognize and acknowledge with deep respect and gratitude, the significant historical contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.
I invite you to join me tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Misi Zibi Mamidosewin (Mississippi River Gathering Place) in Riverside Park. It will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the future of this special place and to celebrate the Indigenous people of our area.
It is important that we all play a role in rebuilding our relationship with the Indigenous community. Below are some suggestions on ways you can learn about Indigenous culture, history, and how to become a better ally to the Indigenous community:
• Visit the National Indigenous Peoples Day website (https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/.../1100100.../1534874583157) to learn more about what led to the creation of National Indigenous Peoples Day and how the Government of Canada supports National Indigenous Peoples Day
• Read Books by Indigenous Authors: The Carleton Place Library says “If you're looking for a place to start, we suggest looking at the work of authors such as Eden Robinson, Thomas King, Dawn Dumont, Richard Wagamese, and Joshua Whitehead. They offer additional suggestions here: https://bit.ly/3qeqvDC
• Read about the History of Residential Schools and learn how they became a systematic, government-sponsored attempt to destroy Aboriginal cultures and languages and to assimilate Aboriginal peoples so that they no longer existed as distinct peoples - https://nctr.ca/.../teaching.../residential-school-history/
• Review the 94 Truth and Reconciliation calls to action and commit to at least one - https://www.documentcloud.org/.../2091412-trc-calls-to...