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Together We Can Change The Canada We Live In

We are saddened and angered by the discovery of children’s graves at the sites of former residential schools.


158,000 Indigenous children were stolen and placed in Indian residential schools by the Government of Canada. Thousands never came home. Many died and also killed.


This is the dark history of Canada. It has shaken our sense of Canada as a nation - and it should.

We are learning that our own experience as a Canadian can be very different than that of others.


We didn’t create this Canada, we inherited it. And we don’t have to leave this Canada to our future. We shouldn't and we won't.


Together, we can change the Canada we live in.


We need a collective, moral leadership which brings people from all walks of life together; Canadians who have lived here for generations, newcomer Canadians, Indigenous Canadians and French Canadians.


We can make our city, province and our nation a better place, not only by recognizing the wrongs of the past and speaking our truth, but by fixing the problems.


This Canada Day, on the 154th anniversary of our nation, we have an opportunity to rethink what we want for all Canadians. And to build that Canada.


Thank you. Merci. Ekosani, tapwe akwa khitwam.


Robert-Falcon Ouellette


If you are struggling through this difficult time, the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line for former Residential School students and others looking for support can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-866-925-4419.


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