Markham-Stouffville MP Jane Philpott recently hosted a community discussion entitled Reconciliation: Understanding our Responsibilities.
Members of the public heard from Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, on the importance of understanding the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada and his thoughts on how all Canadians can participate in reconciliation with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. The discussion panel also featured local Whitchurch-Stouffville resident, Victoria Grant, of Temagami First Nation.
Philpott was pleased to welcome representatives from several First Nations located in close proximity to Markham-Stouffville: Councillor William McCue from Chippewas of Georgina Island First
Nation, Chief Ava Hill from Six Nations of the Grand River, and Chief R. Stacey Laforme from Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.
“All Canadians have a role to play in reconciliation,” said Philpott. “I am delighted to host this discussion to help the people of Markham- Stouffville understand how they can contribute in the local context. It is an honour for me to welcome Grand Chief Fiddler to our community.”
There was a strong and enthusiastic turnout representing a broad spectrum of residents from Markham- Stouffville, including community members with an Indigenous background, education and
faith leaders, representatives from local organizations such as libraries and museums, and individuals wanting to grow their understanding.