Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21, 2024

The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour (NSFL) proudly joins others nationwide in celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day. This day recognizes and honours Indigenous peoples’ rich cultures, traditions, and contributions and is a profound reminder of the ongoing journey toward reconciliation and justice.

Indigenous communities have been the heart and soul of this land long before Confederation. Their profound connection to the earth, vibrant cultures, and resilient spirits are the foundations upon which our society stands. We acknowledge the historical and contemporary significance of their contributions to our province and country.

However, National Indigenous Peoples Day is not just a celebration. It is also a day of reflection and commitment. As a labour movement, we recognize the historical injustices faced by Indigenous peoples, including colonization, residential schools, systemic discrimination, and the ongoing struggles for land rights, self-determination, and equitable treatment. These injustices have left enduring scars that demand our attention and action.

The NSFL is committed to solidarity with Indigenous communities in their fight for justice and equality. We pledge to amplify Indigenous voices within our labour movement, ensuring their perspectives and needs are integral to our advocacy. We will work tirelessly to address the socio-economic disparities that continue to affect Indigenous workers and their families.

Education is a crucial part of this commitment. We encourage all our members to seek out and engage with educational resources about Indigenous histories, cultures, and contemporary issues. By understanding Indigenous peoples’ past and present experiences, we can better support their future aspirations and contribute to meaningful reconciliation.

We call on governments at all levels to take concrete actions to uphold Indigenous rights and implement the Calls to Action outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Calls for Justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Reconciliation is an ongoing process that requires genuine partnerships, accountability, and transformative change.

As we mark National Indigenous Peoples Day, let us celebrate Indigenous cultures’ resilience, strength, and beauty. Let us also reaffirm our commitment to building a more inclusive, equitable, and just society for all. Together, we can create a future where Indigenous peoples are respected, their rights are upheld, and their contributions are recognized and valued.

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