VICTORIA (June 21, 2021) – Interim Leader of the Official Opposition Shirley Bond and BC Liberal Critic for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Peter Milobar released the following joint statement today for National Indigenous Peoples Day:
“Every June we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day and honour the history, culture, and contributions of Indigenous people throughout the country.
“This year we mark this national event at a painful time for the more than 1.8 million First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people after the horrific discovery of the remains of 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School site.
“We want to acknowledge the strength of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc people, led by Chief Rosanne Casimir, who have carried out the heart-wrenching and careful work to find those lost children and bring some answers to the families who loved them.
“But this is only the beginning.
“As Canadians, we must all take this journey together and re-affirm our commitment towards working to achieve meaningful reconciliation.
“Reconciliation requires not only that we address the past head on, but also look forward to creating a brighter future for everyone who calls this land home and celebrate the unique cultures, histories, traditions, and contributions of all 203 First Nations here in B.C.
“This National Indigenous Peoples Day is a time to mourn, but it also serves as an opportunity to truly think about which direction we wish to take together and how we can shape a better future by working to achieve equality and prosperity for all.
“The BC Liberal Caucus hopes everyone across the province will join us in recognizing National Indigenous Peoples Day, listening to Indigenous voices, working towards meaningful reconciliation, and recognizing the strength of all First Nations bands in B.C. and their valuable contributions to our province.”