Mayor Nancy Peckford and the rest of North Grenville’s municipal council are recognizing National Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Peckford hopes people spend some time today learning about First Nations, Inuit and Metis history and culture.
“Our country was very much shaped by the first peoples who were here for thousands of years before Canada was established,” Mayor Peckford says, “and whose practices and traditions live on despite tremendous adversity.”
That adversity is something that Peckford also feels needs to be recognized today.
“As we continue the path along reconciliation,” she says, “it’s important to mark National Indigenous People’s Day and acknowledge the obstacles and intergenerational trauma Indigenous Peoples have endured, such as the tragic impact the residential school system has had on survivors and their families and communities.”
National Indigenous Peoples’ Day is an annual event commemorating Indigenous Culture that’s been celebrated across Canada since 1996.