Every Child Matters.
On this National Indigenous Peoples Day 2021, the Board of Directors of the Manor Park Community Council (MPCC) would like to acknowledge the connection that this organization, and the community we serve, has to the land. The land on which the MPCC is established is the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People. They have lived on this land since time immemorial and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work, live and play on this beautiful territory.
We also want to join our voice in expressing our anger and sadness following the devastating discoveries over the past weeks, of a growing number of mass graves where Indigenous children were buried on the sites of former residential schools across Canada, starting with the original discovery of 215 children on a school property in Kamloops, B.C.
The discoveries reinforce the need to commit to learning about and sharing the truth of our history in Canada and to reconciliation and healing.
As an organization that is dedicated to supporting the well being of the community at large, with a specific focus on the development and nurturing of children and families in Manor Park and surrounding areas, the MPCC recognizes that we can play an important role as an ally in reconciliation. Over the coming months MPCC will be considering what action it can take to further the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our organization and in the work that we do.
We welcome the community to join us in this journey.
Chair, Manor Park Community Council
" Since news broke of the uncovered remains of 215 children buried at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, both Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians have been expressing widespread grief in person and across social media.
With this outpouring of grief, many are asking what to do next. There is a path to build upon the stories of these 215 children in the same way that remembering stories like Chanie Wenjack’s changed conversations about reconciliation across Canada. Together we can ensure that the lives of these 215 children and children across Canada who died while attending the residential school system are honoured.
Individuals, families, communities, and organizations can take the pledge and create their own ways to act. This is a call to action, not a prescribed path to achieve the change." 215pledge.ca
#215Pledge is a growing coalition to call for #reconciliACTION.
The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) will be hosting a form for individuals and organizations to join the #215pledge movement. A growing coalition, supported by DWF will be a nexus for bringing us together.
Join us in calling for these actions so no child who died while in the care of a residential school is lost and that the experiences of all those affected by residential schools are honoured.
Continue your learning: https://www.215pledge.ca/recommended-resources/
Over 30 links for children, teens, and adults on a wide range of topics.