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Toronto – June 13, 2018 – UFCW Canada representatives recently came together to walk and petition in support of fair and equitable services for First Nations children in Canada.
The event marked the tenth anniversary of the Government of Canada’s public apology for the horrendous treatment of Indigenous children in Canada's residential school system, which removed thousands of Aboriginal children from their homes and subjected them to years of degradation and abuse.
For the eighth year in a row, UFCW Canada activists led a peaceful march through the streets of Toronto in support of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (FNCFCS) Our Dreams Matter Too campaign. The walk was preceded by a letter-writing campaign calling on the federal government to provide First Nations children with equal opportunities to grow up safely at home, receive a good education, and be able to celebrate their cultures.
Following the letter drop-off, participants watched a screening of the National Film Board of Canada documentary We Were Children, which explores the profound impact of the residential school system on Indigenous children.
The UFCW-led walk and letter-writing campaign is one of many Our Dreams Matter Too events held annually across Canada, with more than 1,300 participants each year.
As Canada’s leading and most progressive union, UFCW Canada partners with the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (FNCFCS) in support of true Reconciliation actions and initiatives. To learn more about UFCW Canada’s Reconciliation initiatives, including Local Union training sessions, workshops, and workplace poster campaigns, click here.