Indigenous rights, reconciliation, and awareness have become a key area of focus for our office. This past September, we helped to organize some educational opportunities and public forums in an effort to raise awareness and allow for an inclusive consultation process, that culminated in my Statement on Reconciliation in the House.
On September 13th, our office co-hosted, along with MPP Arthur Potts & City Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, a Kairos Kitchi Blanket Exercise at East Lynn Park.
Please find a recap video below, leading up to our town hall that was hosted later in the month:
Our Truth and Reconciliation Town Hall took place on Sunday, September 24th, at Beach United Church. Nate was joined by Cat Criger, Traditional Aboriginal Elder at University of Toronto Mississauga, guest speaker Sylvia Maracle and fellow panelists Lindsay Kretschmer & Andrea Chrisjohn for a powerful and insightful afternoon of critical conversation about what Reconciliation with Indigenous People means, what we can do about it and how we can collectively move forward in reshaping an Indigenous-inclusive Canada. A prevalent theme throughout the town hall revolved around ideas to approach responding to the 94 Calls to Action. Now is the time to transform and renew relationships among Indigenous peoples.
You can watch the entirety of the town hall, split into two Facebook live stream videos,
(start from around 8:00 minutes into this first clip):
On September 28th, Nate rose in the House to deliver a Statement on Reconciliation, where he conveyed key messages that constituents asked him to voice: