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Truth and Reconciliation Requires Action and Partnership

To mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Clarington Board of Trade (CBOT), released the following statement:  

“Indigenous Peoples make up the fastest growing population in Canada and continue to face systemic barriers to their economic and social well-being,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, OCC. “Every sector has a role to play in advancing Truth and Reconciliation and ensuring equitable outcomes across the country.”

While today presents an opportunity to amplify Indigenous voices and commit to continuous learning and unlearning, the work does not end here. As a collective, we must recognize the lasting legacy and impacts of colonialism, the inter-generational effects of residential ‘schools’ and the ongoing systemic racism facing Indigenous communities across Canada.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action 92 calls on businesses to advance economic reconciliation and Indigenous economic inclusion by:

  • Building meaningful, respectful relationships with Indigenous Peoples;
  • Ensuring equitable employment and economic development opportunities for Indigenous communities; and
  • Providing skills-based staff training in intercultural competency and anti-racism.

“CBOT is proud of the community and the collaborative steps being taken towards reconciliation. The installation of the commemorative orange crosswalk and the unveiling ceremony taking place next week are welcomed opportunities to reflect on the local and national history that continues to shape the experiences of Indigenous Peoples across Canada. In addition, we encourage everyone to take advantage of the free online training offered by First Nations University of Canada, Reconciliation Education and BMO, so that we can all learn more about the history from Indigenous perspectives as a first step toward advancing reconciliation.” said Sheila Hall, Executive Director of the Clarington Board of Trade.  

Today is an important day of reflection and learning. It is a time to honour the stories of Survivors and recognize the impacts of the ongoing legacy of colonialism on Indigenous communities across our country. Please consider participating in the free online course offered by First Nations University of Canada, Reconciliation Education and BMO, and share this widely with your coworkers and friends. More information can be found at www.fnuniv.ca/reconciliation

 

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