VANCOUVER (June 21, 2022) – Michael Lee, the MLA for Vancouver-Langara and BC Liberal Critic for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, released the following statement today for National Indigenous Peoples Day:
“Today we celebrate the unique cultures, histories, and traditions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people across Canada.
“As we recognize National Indigenous Peoples Day, and the important cultural and economic contributions of all those with Indigenous ancestry, we must also reflect upon the racism and injustices faced by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people both today, and throughout our nation’s dark history.
“Today, and every day, we must work together to understand that history and how it can inform a path forward. As Canadians, we must all take this journey together and reaffirm our commitment towards achieving meaningful reconciliation.
“Reconciliation requires not only that we recognize and address the past, but also look forward to creating a brighter and more prosperous future for everyone who calls this land home, as we celebrate the contributions of each and every one of the 204 First Nations here in British Columbia.
“Our BC Liberal Caucus hopes everyone across the province will join us in recognizing National Indigenous Peoples Day, listening to Indigenous voices in our communities, and working together to bring about true and meaningful reconciliation.”