With Canada Day around the corner the Chief and Council of Batchewana First Nation have agreed that they can not participate in any celebrations while the remains of Indigenous children continue to be discovered at former residential school sites.
Many First Nations across Canada still feel the impacts of the Residential School legacy that
sought to, “kill the Indian in the child”. Ground Searches have become commonplace at most
former residential school sites with the number of unmarked graves growing steadily.
“Our history within Canada’s educational institutions may be well known but what is not
recognized is the barriers we face daily within the Canadian legal system, justice system, and
governance systems. We continue to reject Prime Minister John A McDonald’s British North
American Act that attempted to extinguish our Nationhood. Our Nations have persevered in
spite of these efforts and atrocities and we encourage our First Nation’s and Canadians to
acknowledge that this coming Canada Day.” Said Chief Dean Sayers.
While the leadership of BFN won’t be participating in any of the Canada Day celebrations, there are a few ways they would suggest spending the day; wear your orange shirts that recognize the, “every child matters” movement, put on your traditional regalia, visit the water, get out on the land, use your drums and your voices to remind Canada that our Nations are still here and as strong as ever.
Media inquires please contact: Alex Syrette, Communications Manager,
Batchewana First Nation: (705) 255-8407 or [email protected]