QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement marking Ontario’s second ever Treaties Recognition Week:
“For thousands of years, Indigenous people have been stewards of the land we now call home. Treaties are at the very heart of our country, and as Ontarians and Canadians, we should always aspire to better understand and honour the treaties and treaty relationships that laid the foundations of this country, and the proud history of Indigenous life and culture across Turtle Island.
New Democrats recognize and deeply appreciate the historic connection of First Nations, Métis and Inuit nations to the land we call Ontario. We also recognize the many contributions Indigenous people have made – and continue to make – to our communities, and our province as a whole.
Treaties Recognition Week is part of the process of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. As we reflect on and work to honour the treaties, we need to recognize the injustices done to Indigenous communities through colonialism, and we must work together to address the issues still facing many Indigenous communities like access to safe drinking water, adequate health care, equitable education, quality housing, economic opportunity, and clean air, water and land.”