During the month of June we recognize National Indigenous History Month, a time to commemorate and celebrate the diverse contributions, histories and cultures of Indigenous Nations including First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples.
National Indigenous History Month is also a time to reflect on what more we can do at the City level and as individuals to continue on the path to reconciliation.
The City of Ottawa is committed to reframing and renewing its approach and promise to reconciliation. In partnership with Algonquin host nation leaders and urban Indigenous partners, including the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition, the City is taking action to ensure the needs and aspirations of Indigenous Peoples are fully acknowledged in all aspects of the organization.
A new Indigenous Relations Office has been established within the City’s Community and Social Services Department to foster relationships with Indigenous community leaders, support the City’s ability to effectively serve Indigenous communities and ensure the application of an Indigenous lens to City initiatives. The new office will support a renewal process for the City’s Reconciliation Action Plan and work alongside Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners to identify opportunities for systemic changes that improve access to City programs and services.
For residents who are not Indigenous, this month provides an opportunity to visit, listen, watch and learn from the voices, knowledge, ways, and wisdom of Indigenous Peoples, for the mutual benefit and success of all people across the City and Canada. I encourage residents to visit the following link to earn more about First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples across Canada.