Carolyn Bennett

Your member of parliament for


Toronto-St. Paul’s

Carolyn Bennett

Your member of parliament for


Toronto-St. Paul’s

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National Indigenous Peoples Day

 

I was so honoured to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day in Manitoba this year, in some great company!

Today is an important opportunity for all Canadians to experience the unique cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Thank you to everyone who embraced this day.  I am already looking forward to next year!

 

My joint statement with Minister Jane Philpott:

www.canada.ca/en/crown-indigenous-relations-northern-affairs/news/2018/06/joint-statement-by-ministers-carolyn-bennett-and-jane-philpott-on-national-indigenous-peoples-day.html

 

Statement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:

https://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2018/06/21/statement-prime-minister-national-indigenous-peoples-day

 

We began with a visit to the Winnipeg Art Gallery, which is home to an incredible Indigenous art collection.  I can’t wait to see the completed Inuit Art Centre!

 

At the University of Manitoba, I participated in a pipe ceremony with the inspiring Dr. Marcia Anderson and her daughters. Dr. Anderson is the Executive Director, Indigenous Academic Affairs at the Ongomiizwin Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing.

 

I would also like to thank elder Mary Wilson for helping me read “Akalik’s Adventure” (by Deborah Kigjugalik Webster and Charlene Chua) to children at the University of Manitoba day care centre!

 

We had beautiful weather to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, and I would like to thank President Chartrand and everyone at the Manitoba Métis Federation for welcoming me to their BBQ in Selkirk this afternoon!

 

It was a privilege to participate in today’s unveiling at the St. Boniface Heritage Garden, with my colleagues Dan Vandal and Robert-Falcon Ouellette. These beautiful panels honour Louis Riel and the Métis Nation.

 

I was truly humbled by our visit to Louis Riel’s grave.

 

When your outfit matches the exhibit — literally! I was thrilled to take in Jennine Krauchi’s stunning work at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights tonight, while wearing the jacket that she made for me!