June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. On this day, we celebrate Indigenous history, culture, and diversity, as well as the many contributions made by Indigenous peoples to Canada. It is also an opportunity for non-Indigenous Canadians to reflect on their history and role in the ongoing process of colonization in Canada. In addition, this is a time when we need to reaffirm our commitment to working in solidarity with Indigenous movements for justice.
Reconciliation must be a priority
Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in Canada is still just beginning. Over the past year, painful reminders of the legacy of the residential school system have surfaced, as thousands of unmarked graves of children have been found at former residential school sites across Canada, and the search continues. It has been seven years since The Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report into the history and legacy of Canada's residential school system and issued 94 Calls to Action. Many of these recommendations have not yet been implemented. This is unacceptable. On June 21, CEIU calls on the federal government to implement all of the TRC Calls to Action.
Still Thirsty for Justice
Addressing the lack of access to clean water is another important issue in gaining justice for Indigenous Peoples. The Trudeau government committed to ending all boil-water advisories by 2021, yet there are still approximately 67 drinking water advisories across Canada. Help us keep the pressure on the federal government by signing on to PSAC’s campaign, Still Thirsty for Justice.
Events and resources
We encourage all CEIU members to attend events in your area to commemorate National Indigenous Peoples’ Day:
- The Government of Canada has a list of events across the country
- Check your local and community event listings for more events in your area
- PSAC is hosting a webinar on June 28, Supporting Indigenous Members at the Bargaining Table