Marty Warren statement on the occasion of June 21, National Aboriginal Day

As we celebrate National Aboriginal Day this year, take a moment away from the festivities to email or phone your Member of Parliament. It’s 2018 and yet Canada’s auditor general says government attempts to improve the lives of Indigenous peoples are an “incomprehensible failure.”

Government data is incomplete or inaccurate when it comes to the education, health and economic-development programs that should be closing the gap between on-reserve Indigenous people and the rest of Canada.

And the data we do have, comparing government spending on Indigenous and non-Indigenous children’s education and health programs, shows that the federal government is treating Indigenous children on reserves like second- or third-class citizens.

So spend time this June 21 engaging with your Indigenous neighbours and learning more about their rich cultures. And then lend a hand with helping those neighbours and cultures survive and flourish, by demanding responsible action by governments. We still have promises to keep.

In solidarity,

Marty Warren
Director, District 6

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