Statement – On National Aboriginal Day Take Concrete Steps Towards Reconciliation – Mental Health Commission of Canada

OTTAWAJune 21, 2017 – On behalf of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), Louise Bradley, President and CEO, made the following statement.

“National Aboriginal Day is a time for all people in Canada to honour the heritage, contributions and cultures of First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities across our country.

We know that historical issues such as colonization, assimilation policies, and the legacy of residential schools have all damaged the vital cultural structures and traditions of Indigenous peoples.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) recognizes the distinct mental wellness needs of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis and acknowledges the circumstances and rights of Indigenous people. The MHCC is committed to a process of reconciliation and to listening to our Indigenous partners for guidance on how best to support and amplify Indigenous-lead solutions.

The MHCC has begun to take measures to build its cultural humility and competence as an organization. In partnership with Reconciliation Canada, 95 per cent of MHCC staff have completed reconciliation dialogue workshops as a part of our commitment as Canadians to work towards the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 94 Calls to Action.

We encourage all people in Canada to make a personal contribution to the reconciliation movement.  Attend a National Aboriginal Day event in your community today. Aboriginal Day Live concerts are taking place in eight cities across Canada—join the gathering tonight or tune in from home via the Aboriginal People’s Television Network, radio or online.  This seven-hour live show will be the largest national Aboriginal celebration in history and will feature some of the most recognized entertainers in Aboriginal music and television.  Or consider downloading Reconciliation Canada’s community action toolkit to build your own activity or, if you live in Vancouver, register for their September 24 Walk for Reconciliation.

The MHCC remains committed to working toward building bridges with all Indigenous peoples and to growing the strong and positive momentum in our relationships.”

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is a catalyst for change. We are collaborating with hundreds of partners to change the attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and to improve services and support. Our goal is to help people who live with mental health problems and illnesses lead meaningful and productive lives. Together we create change. The Mental Health Commission of Canada is funded by Health Canada. |

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The views represented herein solely represent the views of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

For further information: Media Contact: Hélène Côté, Senior Communications Advisor, Public Affairs, Mental Health Commission of Canada, Office: 613.683.3952, Mobile: 613.857.0840,


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