International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples Statement: Scheer
August 9, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, released the following statement on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples:
“Today, we celebrate the great cultures and contributions of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people.
“Indigenous peoples have played an enormous role in shaping the culture, traditions and history of countries around the world, including Canada. To protect our shared heritage, Canada’s Conservatives recognize the importance of preserving Canada’s indigenous cultures, languages and traditions.
“If we want to understand what kind of country Canada is and what we can be, we must understand where we have come from. On International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, I encourage all Canadians to join today in remembering the history of Indigenous Canadians, and in reflecting on their many traditions and cultures.”
“Canada’s Conservatives also believe in taking steps to right the wrongs of our past. The previous Conservative government’s Residential Schools apology is an example of one of those steps. We continue to recognize the damaging effects and hurt that still linger among too many today.
“We look forward to continuing our important relationship with Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.
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