Niagara’s Regional Government Working to Strengthen Relations with Indigenous Communities

“The recent news of the remains of 215 children discovered at the site of a former Kamloops Indian Residential School is a painful reminder of the lasting impact residential schools have on Indigenous communities across the country.”                                      – Jim Bradley, Chair of Niagara’s Regional Council

The flag’s for Niagara’s Regional Government and those for all 12 local municipalities in Niagara were lowered to half mast at the Region’s headquarters in Thorold this May 31 after news broke that the bodies of 215 children were discovered in a mass grave on the property of a former residential school in British Columbia. Photo by Doug Draper

A Statement from Niagara Regional Chair Bradley on National Indigenous History Month

Posted June 3rd, 2021 on Niagara At Large

June is National Indigenous History Month

<https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1466616436543/1534874922512>, giving us an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the distinct histories, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples around Niagara.

The recent news  of the remains of 215 children discovered at the site of a former Kamloops Indian Residential School is a painful reminder of the lasting impact residential schools have on Indigenous communities across the country.

The Two Row Wampum flag for Indigenous people is now being flown at half most at Niagara Regional Headquarters until June 8th.

This year, the Two Row Wampum flag will be flown at half-mast at Niagara Region Headquarters until June 8 to honour those victims. The Two Row Wampum agreement was one of the first agreements between the First Nations and Europeans, remains the foundation upon which Canada was built.

This term Regional Council has been taking action to establish stronger relationships with Indigenous communities in Niagara and First Nation governments.

These relationships are based on the affirmation of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership. We will continue to support the governments, laws, and traditions that govern Indigenous nations, and support them as they pursue their vision of self-determination.

I would encourage everyone this month to learn and reflect on Indigenous peoples’ pivotal role in shaping and enriching this country and how, together, we can achieve meaningful reconciliation.”

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One response to “Niagara’s Regional Government Working to Strengthen Relations with Indigenous Communities

  1. As a Canadian I am ashamed to acknowledge my lack of understanding of the trauma at the Residential Schools. Canada’s government and Christian churches need to take responsibility for providing records and funding all survivors as well as help all generations to heal. Public must be educated to realize the affect on all Canadians of the cultural genocide. I want to offer my assistance.

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