Statement by the Prime Minister on National Indigenous Peoples Day

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June 21, 2020, 09:00 ET

OTTAWA, ON, June 21, 2020/CNW/- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today issued the following statement on National Indigenous Peoples Day:

“On this National Indigenous Peoples Day and throughout National Indigenous History Month, we celebrate the unique heritage, cultures, arts and traditions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

"Today we recognize the contributions that Indigenous people have made in the past and the critical role they will continue to play in shaping our future.150 years ago Manitoba entered Confederation as the fifth province of Canada under the leadership of the Métis Nation and Louis Riel.This is one of many examples of the contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canada.As we look to the future, progress is only possible if we let us achieve them together and if they are based on a relationship of respect, partnership and affirmation of rights, so that our communities will be stronger.

"We have worked with Indigenous leaders and communities, but we know there is still a lot of work to do.Together, we must continue to eliminate systemic inequalities and discrimination against Indigenous peoples in Canada.This is it." issues that the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19 have further amplified.In addition, recent tragic events and protests have highlighted how far we have yet to do as a country and the work that we must accomplish to completely eliminate systemic racism from our society.

"Moving forward on the path of reconciliation and working to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls for Justice We must listen to Indigenous peoples, partners and communities.We must also work to implement the rights of indigenous peoples and remove the barriers and unique challenges they present, as we were recently in the co-development of the Indigenous Child and Family Services Act, which ensures that Indigenous children stay with their families and In addition, we have responded by putting in place a law to protect Indigenous languages that are essential to Indigenous cultures and heritage.

Posted Date: 2020-12-04

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