A Canada Day message from Ed Broadbent, Chair, Broadbent Institute
Posted July 1st, 2017 on Niagara At Large
So much of what makes us proud about Canada is the product of the dedication of principled activists who won’t take “No” for an answer.
We had a great example of this earlier this month when Parliament adopted a bill prohibiting discrimination against transgender Canadians and affording them protection against hate crimes.
The Canada we are proud of is also the product, whether explicit or not, of a social democratic engagement to put equality and the good of all first. As my friend Rosemary Brown, the first Black woman elected to a Canadian legislature, famously said “Until all of us have made it, none of us have made it.”
Though we’ve come a long way, Canada remains a work in progress. The narrative of an inclusive Canada is a story that is still at odds with the lived experience of too many Canadians. And nowhere is the gap between rhetoric and reality more glaring than in the case of First Nations.
On Jan. 26, 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) ruled that the Government of Canada racially discriminates against 165,000 First Nations children.
The Tribunal has since issued three non-compliance orders. Meanwhile, First Nations children and their families are suffering irreparable harm. In collaboration with Cindy Blackstock and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, the Broadbent Institute has launched a petition calling on the Government of Canada to fully comply with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.
Click on the following blue link to add your signature.
As we reflect on what we need to improve, at this moment of Canada’s 150th birthday, it’s important to remember the hard work of reconciliation has only just begun.
The best way to celebrate Canada Day is to rededicate ourselves to making good on this promise — for all. Please join me in adding your name to this petition and sending it to everyone you know: http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/fn_chrt.
Thank you, Ed Broadbent, Chair, Broadbent Institute
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