Adam Olsen statement on National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21, 2018

VICTORIA, B.C. – Adam Olsen, B.C. Greens MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, issued the following statement today in recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day.

“This year marks the first National Indigenous Peoples Day by this name, and it was designated by the Government of Canada, together with Indigenous organizations, to recognize and celebrate Indigenous Peoples.

“As a member of Tsartlip First Nation this day holds complex meaning. On the one hand I think of my Indigenous family and friends, role models and cousins, and their contributions to the WSÁNEĆ people and their own nations. I am especially inspired by the work of Indigenous language warriors across what is now known as Canada. I hope that each and every Indigenous person feels connected to their family, nation and culture, today and every day.

“National Indigenous Peoples Day is a time to recognize the work yet to be done. I think of the Indigenous children in care, the lasting ramifications of colonialism and the challenges facing the foundational species of my own culture, the wild Pacific salmon. I hope that Canadians everywhere reflect on how we can all do our part to adopt the United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the calls-to-action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

“As I offer my warmest wishes to Indigenous peoples across the country today, I am humbled by our strength and hopeful for the future.

“HÍ,SW̱ḴE”

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