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Statement on Indigenous engagement and consultation

The federal government has proposed designating September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – to mark the dark legacy of the residential school system, honour its survivors, and promote meaningful reconciliation for Indigenous peoples.

As Canadians, each of us has an important role to play in educating ourselves about this difficult part of our history, recognizing past wrongs, advancing our cultural awareness, and striving to do better. It is vital that these reflections and commitments evolve into concrete actions that contribute to genuine reconciliation throughout the country.

Under my leadership, the CNSC has been actively working to advance reconciliation and forge a shared path forward with Indigenous peoples, communities and organizations. That work continues – as does our commitment to understanding Indigenous perspectives and amplifying Indigenous voices through respectful consultation and collaborative engagement.

I encourage all Canadians, no matter their background, to join in the pursuit of true and lasting reconciliation. Together, we can build a more inclusive Canada for one and all.

Rumina Velshi
President and CEO

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