Reflecting on the National Day for Truth and ReconciliationSeptember 29, 2023
(TORONTO– September 29, 2023) – Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s (OCCs) President and CEO, Rocco Rossi, released the following statement in advance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, emphasizing the significance of this day for reflection and learning about the true history, legacy, and enduring consequences of colonialism.
“On the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we remember the painful legacy of residential “schools,” acknowledge the ongoing impacts of colonialism, and honour the strength and resilience of Indigenous Peoples and Survivors. Today is about reflection, listening to, and learning from Indigenous leaders and resources.
“Many Indigenous leaders have identified the need for Truth before Reconciliation can take place. To that end, as a non-Indigenous, settler-led organization, we must bring a deep level of humility and self-reflection to the table, take accountability for our (in)action to date, and commit to an ongoing process of learning and action.
“We recognize the critical role non-Indigenous organizations must play in advancing reconciliation, including through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 92 for the business community. As part of our reconciliation journey, we are extremely grateful to partner with and continue to learn from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and newly formed Indigenous Advisory Committee on an initiative to help Ontario businesses advance reconciliation, build mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous Peoples, and support stronger Indigenous economic outcomes.”
About the Ontario Chamber of Commerce
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is the indispensable partner of business and Canada’s largest, most influential provincial chamber. It is an independent, not-for-profit advocacy and member services organization representing a diverse network of 60,000 members. The OCC’s mission is to convene, align and advance the interests of its members through principled policy work, value-added business services and broad engagement to drive competitiveness and economic growth in the province.
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