This Canada Day, I acknowledge that I’m privileged to reside on land that is part of Treaty 6 Territory. It is the ancestral and traditional territory of the Cree, Dene, Blackfoot, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, as well as the Métis.
I acknowledge Canada Day is also viewed as continued celebration by a conquering force. For there is darkness in the origins and recent history of our country. A generations-long genocide against Indigenous people. Systemic racism to maintain power and privilege for white people.
We must continue to push and deliver change to overcome injustice and inequity. There is greatness in our history – times when our focus is on the benefit for all.
Today, I acknowledge the darkness. And I celebrate Canada Day as we work together to let more of the light in.
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