Special statement from President Chartrand on Orange Shirt Day

September 30, 2022

Winnipeg, MB, in the National Homeland of the Red River Métis - Today, the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF), the National Government of the Red River Métis, pauses to reflect on the recognition of September 30th as Canada's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day.

Today should marked by all Canadians, free from political divides or debate. It is a chance to reflect on the history of our country and understand that the successes and advancements we have made have, in some cases, been at the expense of the Indigenous peoples of Canada. The residential and day school systems, the 60s Scoop and the child welfare system's approach of taking children away from their communities - these are all part the efforts that were made to erase our culture and our community.

Today, the MMF and the Red River Métis are experiencing a tremendous revival, one that not only breathes life into our culture and our values, but also our ability to make long-term investments for our communities and our people. We are making great strides as a Nation, and we have worked hard to ensure we can never again be Canada's forgotten people.

I am proud that our Nation is still here and thriving in the heart of our Homeland. This in itself is a sure sign that those who tried to erase us did not succeed. But let there be no doubt that we still bear the marks of the wrongs that were done to us. We are still rebuilding what was lost to us due to historic intolerance and prejudice.

To all who are still suffering from the effects of what was done to our children and our communities, know that I, along with many Red River Metis Citizens, will pray for you as you continue on your healing journey. I also ask our families to embrace those within our communities who are hurting today.

The MMF Cabinet and I recognize that it is our job as leaders to continue to find ways to work together to support our community, and find ways to move forward in the name of reconciliation. This is not something we undertake once a year, but is in fact, a part of our daily efforts.

Today, I encourage all Canadians to re-dedicate themselves to building a better, more inclusive future - one where we can all work together towards the betterment of our country and our world. I know that Canada can be a leader in reconciliation on the global stage. Together, we can show other countries the tremendous good that can come out of walking this path together.

May we all find peace and healing today, and all days.

 

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Believe in Yourself; Believe in Métis.

The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) is the democratically elected National Government of the Red River Métis, also known as the Manitoba Métis, the origin and core of the Métis Nation. The Red River Métis are Canada's Negotiating Partners in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.

 

For more information, media may contact:
Kat Patenaude
Media Relations Advisor
Manitoba Métis Federation
204-801-7710
Kat.Patenaude@mmf.mb.ca

 


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