Learning from the past, building a better future
June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, a time to honour Indigenous Peoples and thank them for their wise guardianship of the land we live on today and reflect on our continued journey together.
But this year, we are also grappling with the recent, horrifying discovery of Indigenous children’s remains on the sites of former residential schools in British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. As all of Canada grieves with these children’s families and communities, FCM offers our deepest condolences to survivors of this shameful part of our country’s history.
FCM supports a national initiative to identify, commemorate and protect residential school burial sites across Canada, a process that must be Indigenous-led and carried out through ceremony. For more on FCM’s position on the issue of residential schools and reconciliation, please see our statement.
In this issue, we are highlighting four partnerships that have reached many milestones over the past year, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. Make sure to read their updated profiles to find out more.
As we close the very successful CEDI Phase 2, we look forward to the next phase of this initiative. Our collaboration with Cando is moving to a new stage and our joint team will soon be adding new staff members. Together, we are eager to support a growing number of First Nation – Municipal partnerships. Look out for information on how to apply in the September issue of this newsletter.
In the meantime, don’t forget to join our First Nation - Municipal Collaboration Network on Facebook to share your stories, questions and resources with others working on these issues.
In respect and solidarity,
The CEDI Team