BC Liberal Statement on National Indigenous Peoples Day

VANCOUVER (June 21, 2018) – Leader of the Official Opposition Andrew Wilkinson and Skeena MLA Ellis Ross released the following statement today on National Indigenous Peoples Day:

“There are more than 1.8 million Canadians who have declared indigenous ancestry,” said Wilkinson. “Today we celebrate the unique cultures, histories, and traditions of those people across 650 First Nations,”

“British Columbia has greatly benefited from the significant personal, cultural, and economic contributions made to regions across the province by First Nations groups and individuals,” added Wilkinson. “However, we must also acknowledge our dark past and work together to shape a brighter future. Reconciliation starts with recognition.”

“Reconciliation is a long pathway that requires public understanding and participation,” said Ellis Ross, MLA for Skeena and former chief councillor of the Haisla First Nation. “As Canadians, we must take this journey together. National Indigenous Peoples Day is an opportunity to reflect on our past and think about which direction we wish to take together,”

“History and culture play a role in shaping our communities, but the actions of current generations are the most powerful influence on the future,” said Ross. “Today and every day we must work to achieve equality and prosperity together.”

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