Family and Children’s Services would like to acknowledge that it is situated on traditional and customary lands of Indigenous people, including the St. Lawrence Iroquoian peoples, the Haudenosaunee, the Huron-Wendat, the Algonquin, and the Anishinabek Nation. This Canada Day, FCSLLG would like to acknowledge that while some Canadians view our country as welcoming and benevolent, and will celebrate this day for the freedoms, privileges and prosperity that have been afforded to some people, this day is also a reminder of the cultural genocide that has occurred for Indigenous people because of confederation. For many Indigenous peoples, this is a day of mourning and the recent discovery of unmarked graves outside of residential schools in B.C. and Saskatchewan is a reminder of Canada’s errors and failures when it comes to the treatment of the Indigenous people of this land.
The child welfare system has played a role in the perpetuation of disparate outcomes for Indigenous children, youth and families. This Canada Day, we encourage all Canadians to join us in personal reflection on this sobering history, and ask everyone to make commitments towards genuine allyship with Indigenous communities.
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