Statement on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

“Tomorrow marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

This day is meant for us, as a country, to remember and confront hard truths together. For decades, Indigenous people have remained resilient in the face of genocide and ongoing oppression.

While it’s important to reflect on history, it is even more important to act. As a caucus, we urge the government to fully commit and implement each call to action in Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future — Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, including “… closing the gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in a number of health indicators such as: infant mortality, maternal health, suicide, mental health, addictions, life expectancy, birth rates, infant and child health issues, chronic diseases, illness and injury incidence, and the availability of appropriate health services.”

On September 30th, the Yukon NDP Caucus will donate their statutory holiday pay to a local Indigenous organization. We encourage those who are able to do the same by donating to community organisations such as the Committee on Abuse in Indian Residential Schools (CAIRS) or the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS).”

– The Yukon NDP Caucus