In 2009, Canada proclaimed the month of June as National Indigenous History Month. Throughout the month, people across Turtle Island (which refers to the continent of North America) can learn about the history of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples and further embrace the opportunity to learn more about their identities.
The month’s commemoration provides all Canadians an opportunity to recognize and honour the history, heritage and diversity of the Indigenous Peoples of the place we all call home and their contributions – past and present.
Local 793 observes and honours the historical and contemporary contributions of Indigenous Peoples, their histories, and cultures on the Traditional Territory of Mississauga’s of the Credit River First Nation, which our head office in Oakville occupies, and our members now build upon every day.
As the search for unmarked Residential School graves continues and the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are still being responded to, we can take this time to reflect on our path to reconciliation. We can also acknowledge and celebrate the strengths, stories and achievements of Indigenous Peoples and communities in shaping this nation, despite the many hardships placed upon them.
Recognizing what this month has to offer and advancing on our path of reconciliation, Local 793 stands with Indigenous Peoples nationwide and within our Union membership as we continue to work together to build a stronger, fairer Canada for all.