Ontario Regional Chief Welcomes Ontario’s Mandatory Indigenous Cultural Training for all Government Employees

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Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day says the recently announced cultural competency training for all public service employees is a positive step in terms of fulfilling Truth and Reconciliation action items and signals the Ontario government is standing firm in its political accord with the Chiefs of Ontario.   “I welcome this training and hope our renewed relationship through the Political Accord and the TRC action items spur further progress with the Ontario government,” said Ontario Regional Chief Day. “Everyone in Canada needs to be aware of and understand the history and current priorities of the Indigenous peoples of this country, not only within the schools but in the halls of the public sector where many vital decisions are made on our behalf.”   Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement also stating that the Ministry of Education will make school curriculum changes in collaboration with First Nations and other education partners. The province says it will ensure that the impact of residential schools, the history of colonization and the importance of treaties is added to the curriculum in all Ontario’s public schools.   Last August, the province and the Chiefs of Ontario signed a political accord that signaled a new relationship between the two. The accord affirmed, among other things, the inherent right to First Nations self-government and the importance of working together.   The training is designed to help develop policies and programs to redress the legacy of residential schools, advance reconciliation with indigenous communities and make a real difference in the lives of First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis people.   The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, borne out of the largest class-action settlement in Canadian history, issued 94 calls to action at the end of its mandate touching on a host of problems including health and education.   Key components of the sensitivity training will be focused on violence against indigenous women and girls, the impact of residential schools, the history of colonization and the role of treaties signed between the Crown and First Nations. [author ]The Chiefs of Ontario is a political forum and a secretariat for collective decision making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nation communities located within the boundaries of the province of Ontario, Canada. Follow Chiefs of Ontario on Facebook or Twitter @ChiefsOfOntario.[/author]

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