Today, CIJA joins Canadians in marking Indigenous Peoples Day. As we celebrate the heritage and outstanding contributions of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples, this day should also serve as a reminder of the important work we as a community must be doing towards reconciliation, and the opportunities we have to build stronger ties between our peoples.
As outlined in our statement of Jewish solidarity and action following the historic report of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC), CIJA is committed to strengthening mutual understanding and cooperation with our Indigenous friends and neighbours, including through supporting vital work around language revitalization. The Jewish community knows firsthand that tradition and collective memory can be powerful catalysts for action and social justice, and understands the role language plays in tying communities together and maintaining history. The story of Canada’s Indigenous peoples is one of pain and tragedy, but also one of strength and resilience.
We are proud to stand with Canada’s diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities at this historic juncture, and we look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts to build a brighter future for all of Canadians.