In Courtenay-Alberni we are fortunate to live in the territories of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Coast Salish and K’moks peoples.
The important work of reconciliation must be done in good faith and in true, equal partnership with Indigenous communities. This includes upholding Indigenous rights, advancing self-determination, investing in children, accessible healthcare, safe quality housing for all and nurturing healthy communities as a basic right for every family. It also involves recognizing and combatting systemic racism and increasing funding to pay for measures which will help end violence against Indigenous women and girls.
There is a genocide in Canada against Indigenous women. The government created a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and but has not fully acted on its calls to justice. We must have a national action plan and I continue to press the government for urgent action.