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Greetings in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day from the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba

June 16, 2023 — 

🌍✨ Happy Indigenous Peoples Day! ✨🌍

As the Indigenous Legal Studies Coordinator office at Robson Hall, we join hands and arms in celebrating the rich and vibrant cultures, traditions, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. This special day provides an opportunity to honor the resilience, wisdom, and enduring spirit of Indigenous Nations across Turtle Island.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) for their tireless efforts in preserving the truth and history of residential schools. It is through their commitment and dedication that we continue to acknowledge the painful legacy of colonization and work towards truth and reconciliation, healing, and justice.

We also express our appreciation to the Vice-President Indigenous Office for their steadfast leadership in fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for Indigenous students, staff, and faculty at our institution. Your guidance plays a vital role in creating spaces where Indigenous knowledge, perspectives, and voices are respected and uplifted.

Today, let us reflect on the ongoing journey of truth and reconciliation, and commit ourselves to building meaningful relationships based on respect, understanding, and collaboration. May this day serve as a reminder of our shared responsibility to uphold the Treaty rights and obligations of all Canadians.

Wishing you all a day filled with inspiration, learning, and the celebration of Indigenous cultures.

Chi miigwetch. Nakurmiik. Marsee. Thank you.

– Marc Kruse, Indigenous Legal Studies Coordinator

On June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day, we celebrate and honor the rich history, heritage, resilience, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples across these lands. It is a day of reflection, recognizing an enduring presence and profound connection to the land.

This occasion reminds us of the injustices faced by Indigenous communities and the importance of genuine reconciliation. Let us work together to dismantle systemic barriers, ensuring equal and equitable access to justice, education, healthcare, and opportunity for all.

National Indigenous Peoples Day calls us to celebrate many remarkable accomplishments, amplify Indigenous voices, and foster a future where Indigenous cultures, and aspirations are cherished, protected, and celebrated. It is a collective responsibility to create an inclusive and equitable society that upholds the shared principles of justice, respect, connectedness and unity.

– Dr. Richard Jochelson, Dean of Law

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