Today (July 1st, 2021), we are acknowledging our community’s strength and resilience. The pandemic has been difficult for all. We also know that this is a challenging moment as we come to terms with our sad history. We want to show empathy and understanding and use this as an opportunity to reflect and reaffirm our commitment to reconciliation and strengthening the ties that unite us.
Recognizing Canada Day means telling the truth of our history and recognizing our shared responsibility to create a better future for all — recognizing Indigenous Peoples are the original peoples and the founding peoples of Canada — and that today, many cultures make up the fabric of Canada.
We want each of us as Canadians, new and old, our families, volunteers, partners, donors, and staff to strive to make this community the best it can be every single day.
To learn more about reconciliation at BGCBigs, please visit: https://bgcbigs.ca/reconciliation/ and here are some links that we can all use to learn together:
- Native Land Digital – https://native-land.ca/
- Indigenous History Makers: https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1559226684295/1559226709198
- History of Canada Day/ Dominion Day: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/canada-day-history.html
Our agency acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place for Indigenous, Inuit and Metis peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.