I was honoured to participate in Na-Me-Res’ Annual Traditional Pow Wow at Fort York this weekend! Na-Me-Res (Native Men’s Residence) is an incredible organization in our community that has enriched the lives of so many people, and truly advanced Canada on its path towards reconciliation.
I have learned so much from Na-Me-Res in the more than 30 years since they opened their doors. They have changed countless lives by continuing to reaffirm the importance of cultural links and networks. We must use this knowledge and experience in counselling and rehabilitation programs across the country.
This year was the 18th annual pow wow. Every year, it brings together different nations to celebrate their heritage, culture and teachings — which we, as a country, must take to heart. Rain or shine, the pow wow continues to draw more and more non-Indigenous guests to learn about Indigenous cultures and make the vital first step in reconciliation.
I’m incredibly grateful for the amazing work that organizations like Na-Me-Res do in our community and all over the country!