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Statement from NL NDP Leader Jim Dinn on Truth and Reconciliation Day


For Immediate Release

September 29, 2023


“Truth and Reconciliation Day is a time to reflect on the harms caused to Indigenous peoples, the challenges they continue to face in the wake of colonialism, and for people to commit to calling on government for real action to address these harms.


“The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has taken no real action towards reconciliation of past harm. The policies of the current government and their failure to act on the impacts colonialism has had on Indigenous people in our province is creating a new generation of Indigenous peoples moulded by trauma.


“Indigenous communities on the North Coast of Labrador are facing the continued erosion of services, in direct contrast to the spirit of reconciliation. Government policies are creating new harms that contribute to continuing intergenerational harm.


“Inuit and Innu families face the highest cost of food in the province. Many are forced to choose between heating their homes and putting healthy food on the table. This choice will only become more difficult as the months get colder. They are witness to the drastic affects of climate change has on their way of life. It is robbing them of their ability to hunt, fish, and provide for their families. This reality leads to greater food insecurity across the region.


“The NL NDP will continue to put pressure on government and work with Indigenous Peoples to implement provincial responsibilities under the Calls to Action and Calls for Justice.”


NL NDP Leader Jim Dinn will be attending the Rally Around Reconciliation happening on September 30th at 2:45PM at the Colonial Building in St. John’s.


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For further information, contact Eddy St. Coeur, Director of Communications, NDP Caucus at 729-2137 (o), or eddystcoeur@gov.nl.ca


NR 29092023 NL NDP Statement on Truth and Reconciliation Day
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