In Support of Indigenous Peoples’ Search for Truth

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In Support of Indigenous Peoples’ Search for Truth

Hello Community,

The past few weeks have brought us heartbreaking news on a mass burial site at a residential school for up to 215 Indigenous children in Kamloops BC, and the unearthing of over 700 unmarked graves at a residential school in Saskatchewan.

The Indigenous Peoples of Canada (Inuit, First Nations and Métis) totaled an estimated 1,673,785 persons in the 2016 Census, 4.9% of Canada’s population. They speak over 70 languages. The First Nations peoples alone comprise over 600 Bands. They are a part of Canada’s fabric.

Regardless of their Band, language or location, Indigenous Peoples have suffered tremendously at the hands of authorities: by any measure: life expectancy, prison population, suicide rates, live birth rates, income, access to clean water, COVID-19 impacts, Indigenous Peoples lag behind the rest of the Canadian population. More information is available at https://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/subjects-start/indigenous_peoples.

The Region of Waterloo is part of the Haldiman Tract, a territory that was granted to the Six Nations Confederacy by the British in 1784. The tract extends 6 miles on either side of the Grand River, for its entire length. The tract was never ceded- of the original 950,000 acres only 48,000 acres remain.

The Caribbean has been a melting pot of languages and cultures for centuries, including island Indigenous peoples like the Taino (“Arawaks”) and the Kalinagos (“Caribs”). We value that heritage, and by extension the heritage of the Indigenous Peoples of North America (“Turtle Island”). The original Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean are thought to have migrated from North America to the Antilles.

The CCAWR supports the Indigenous peoples of Waterloo Region and Canada in their efforts to heal from any generational trauma, including “truth and reconciliation” endeavours and a renewed focus on the 94 Calls to Action delivered in 2015 by Justice Murray Sinclair.

If you are interested in helping Indigenous peoples here are a few actions you can take:

In solidarity,

The CCAWR

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