National Truth and Reconciliation Day

Statement from COPE Ontario on National Truth and Reconciliation Day

 

On National Truth and Reconciliation Day, COPE Ontario is in solidarity with Indigenous communities across Canada to honor and acknowledge the painful history of colonization and cultural genocide that was forced upon Indigenous communities across Canada.

Today, we remember and pay our respects to the countless Indigenous children who were forcibly separated from their families, stripped of their languages, cultures, and traditions, and subjected to unimaginable hardships. We recognize the enduring trauma that continues to impact survivors, their families, and Indigenous communities as a whole.

 

National Truth and Reconciliation Day serves as a powerful reminder of our collective responsibility to confront the injustices of the past and work towards healing and reconciliation. It is a day for all Canadians to listen, learn, and commit to the ongoing process of truth-telling and justice.

 

COPE Ontario pledges to:

 

  1. Support Reconciliation Initiatives: We will actively support initiatives and projects that promote reconciliation, Indigenous rights, and self-determination. This includes advocating for equitable access to education, healthcare, housing, and economic opportunities for Indigenous communities.
  2. Amplify Indigenous Voices: COPE Ontario will use our platform to amplify the voices and perspectives of Indigenous leaders, activists, and organizations. We will strive to center Indigenous knowledge and wisdom in all of our work.
  3. Advocate for Change: We will work tirelessly to advocate for systemic change that addresses the root causes of Indigenous inequality and discrimination. This includes pushing for the full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  4. Promote Healing and Understanding: COPE Ontario will actively promote cultural understanding, respect, and healing within our organization and in the broader community. We will support efforts to provide resources and services that aid in the healing journey of survivors and their families.

 

National Truth and Reconciliation Day is not just a day of remembrance; it is a call to action. It is a reminder that reconciliation is an ongoing process that requires dedication, humility, and a collective commitment to justice and healing. COPE Ontario is committed to walking this path alongside Indigenous communities, towards a future built on understanding, respect, and unity.

 

Today, we remember, we reflect, and we recommit ourselves to the work of reconciliation. Let us stand together in the spirit of truth and reconciliation, with the hope of building a more just and inclusive Canada for all.

 

In solidarity,

COPE Ontario

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In Toronto: Gather at 12 p.m. noon at the south side of Nathan Phillips Square across from the Sheraton, 123 Queen St. W. We will march to the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park which is in session — local Members of Provincial Parliament from across Ontario will be there.

There is a designated space at Queen’s Park for people with mobility issues who cannot join the march. Meet us at Queen’s Park in front of the Ontario Legislature. The march will arrive at Queen’s Park at 1 p.m.

Across Mid- & Southern Ontario: There will be buses/transportation to the Toronto protest. Look on the Ontario Health Coaltion website for details about buses and how to reserve a space or email [email protected].

In Northern Ontario (N. Ontario locations where it is too far to travel in to the Ontario Legislature):

Sault Ste. Marie: Gather at 12 p.m. noon at Roberta Bondar Pavilion for protest and march. Contact Al Dupuis at the Algoma Health Coalition [email protected].

Thunder Bay: Gather at 12 p.m. noon at mini Queen’s Park. Contact Jules Tupker [email protected].

Dryden: Rally outside of MPP Greg Rickford's office (429 Government Road) at 11:30 a.m. CDST

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Ottawa: Gather at 12 p.m. noon at Faircrest Heights Park, 550 Smyth Road. Contact the Ottawa Health Coalition at [email protected]

Cornwall: Gather at 4 p.m. (note the time is different than elsewhere) outside MPP Nolan Quinn’s office, 120 Second St. W. Contact Louise Lanctot at [email protected] or Elaine MacDonald at [email protected].

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COPE joined other unions at Queen's Park to call on the Ford government to halt a plan that will cause further chaos in the home care sector – for both patients and workers. 

Bill 135 – rushed through the legislature with little oversight – demolishes existing governance structures and paves the way for privatization of vital health care services. 

The measure would dismantle the existing system of 14 Home Care and Community Support Services organizations across the province and turn them into one unwieldly structure. Unions have asked the government to consult with them on how to avoid the labour relations turmoil that will result. 

COPE Local 550 represents workers at Home Care and Community Support Services – Toronto. 

COPE Ontario Interim Director Glenn Wheeler (centre) joined OPSEU President JP Hornick, ONA President Erin Ariss, CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn and NDP Health Critic France Gelinas at a media conference at Queen's Park.

 

 

 

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