Editors Canada statement on discovery of mass and unmarked graves at residential schools

The discovery of mass and unmarked graves at the sites of former residential schools in multiple provinces serves as a painful reminder of Canada’s history of racism and colonialism. Editors Canada recognizes that violence and injustice against Indigenous people is systemic and ongoing. We are heartbroken for the families that are suffering, and for the collective trauma these discoveries have triggered for distinct societies of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

We recognize that these findings confirm what many Indigenous communities have spoken about for years, only to be ignored. We stand with those working to raise Indigenous voices. We also realize there is much more to be done to acknowledge and address the pain and injustice imposed on Indigenous communities across the country. We pledge to listen and to do better.

Editors Canada acknowledges that its national office, located in Toronto, is on the traditional territory of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, and that it continues to be home to many distinct societies of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. This land has been governed by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt for 1,000 years and in recent times by the Williams Treaty and Treaty 13.

National Executive Council
Editors Canada

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