Media Releases Sep 30, 2021

We must commit to reconciliation every single day – Canadian Chamber of Commerce

(OTTAWA) – September 30, 2021 – Today marks Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It is a day of introspection and sorrow, and a critical reminder that the work of reconciliation is not confined to a mere 24 hours – it is an ongoing process that we must commit to every single day. We urge all businesses to consider how they can play a role.

With the last residential school closing as recently as 1996, we must recognise this is much closer to a contemporary issue than an historical one. We must never relegate the traumatic experience of so many Indigenous people to simply a “chapter” in Canada’s history. The legacy of residential schools lives on, and remains symptomatic of a system that, to this day, does not ensure Indigenous peoples can fully share in our society and our economy.

The work of reconciliation and nation-to-nation building must continue, and we believe economic reconciliation remains an important part of the journey. For our part, the business community has much work to do to make the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action #92 a reality. Ongoing reflection, education, consultation with Indigenous-led organizations and leaders, and promoting good relationships and economic reconciliation with Indigenous peoples throughout Canada must remain our priorities.

On the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, our focus will be on listening, on taking the time to honour the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families, and all the affected communities, and on reaffirming our commitment to the necessary steps on the path to making matters right.

Hon. Perrin Beatty, P.C., O.C.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Chamber of Commerce