This July 1, the Township of Esquimalt wishes to encourage reflection on Canada’s history and involvement with Indigenous peoples in light of recent discoveries of mass and unmarked burial sites at residential schools.
There are resources available to learn more about the people on whose traditional lands we live and work on our website. You will also find information about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Report and a list of actions to help move us as individuals and as a local government towards reconciliation.
Statement from Mayor Barbara Desjardins:
As individuals, we need to do more to become good neighbours: learn about the people on who’s ancestral lands we live; consider ways to support Indigenous culture; understand Canada’s shameful relationship with First Nations; embrace what it means to be an ally and celebrate the values, traditions and knowledge First Nations have to offer.
As the township, we need to listen and learn from First Nations communities so that our actions are rooted in inclusion and a spirit of sincere cooperation.
I thank both Chief Sam and Chief Thomas for their willingness to work with us.
These are early days and there is lots to do. Today and every day, our journey of reconciliation continues.
Please note that the recreation centre and municipal offices will be closed. There will be some adjustments to the garbage pickup schedule for July 1.