Statement by Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Brad Duguid, on The National Day of Reconciliation
The Government of Ontario supports the call by the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) to raise awareness of Aboriginal issues on June 11th, the National Day of Reconciliation. This date also marks the one year anniversary of the residential school apology by the Federal government.
The apology was an important milestone that started a process of reconciliation and healing, but we understand that while progress is being made we also recognize more needs to be done. The Government of Ontario will continue to strengthen relationships with our Aboriginal partners, and we'll continue to urge the Federal government to work diligently at achieving positive outcomes for all Aboriginal people across Canada.
The McGuinty government is proud of the progress that we have made in building stronger relations between the government and First Nations, Métis and Inuit in Ontario. For example, we recently signed an agreement to transfer Ipperwash Provincial Park to the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation.
As we continue to move forward on Justice Linden's recommendations, we are also addressing issues of access to education, economic development and skills training. These are critical success factors in building a more prosperous future for all Aboriginal people in Ontario.