Why It Matters

It matters because it continues to affect First Nations, Inuit, and Métis families–people from vibrant cultures who are vital contributors to Canadian society.

It matters because it happened here – a land considered to be a world leader in democracy and human rights.

It matters because it is one of the major causes of poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, and violence among Aboriginal Canadians.

It matters because Aboriginal communities suffer levels of poverty, illness, and illiteracy comparable to those in developing nations.

It matters because we share this land. We may not be responsible for what happened in the past, but we all benefit from what First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people have had to relinquish.


What YOU can do

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