We are committed to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples
A central component of the Ontario Liberal Plan for Care and Opportunity is a commitment to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. We recognize that First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples face barriers to fairness and opportunity.
In 2014, you elected us to build Ontario up. Since then, the Ontario Liberal government has taken steps to address and make amends for the systemic, intergenerational injustices suffered by Indigenous communities. It has offered an official apology for Ontario’s role in the Indian Residential School system and made a $250 million commitment to reconciliation through The Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
We are implementing a revised curriculum in September 2018 for all students that reflects the contributions, cultures and perspectives of Indigenous peoples, including the role of treaties and the history of residential schools
But we need to do more. Indigenous people in Ontario continue to face racism, violence and lack of access to health care, education and economic opportunity. The journey of reconciliation does not stop with one program or service; it continues as Indigenous and non-Indigenous people work together to create culturally relevant and responsive supports that improve outcomes for all Ontarians.
The Ontario Liberals are committed to working in partnership with Indigenous peoples to address the barriers they face in building more healthy and prosperous communities. Our plan is working to:
- Understand the legacy and intergenerational impacts of Residential Schools
- Close gaps and remove barriers
- Create a culturally relevant and responsive justice system
- Support Indigenous culture
- Reconcile relationships with Indigenous peoples