Our Shared Future Rooted in Truth, Harmony, and Generosity
Youth1st will be attending the first meeting as partner with The Winnipeg Indigenous Accord today at The Forks.
Developed by children gathered in harmony to visualize a future of Winnipeg “ The City of Winnipeg is a place where everyone has a voice, a place where people and the environment come first, where everyone has fair access. Everyone should be treated with respect and acceptance and kindness. Everyone should treat everyone kindly and equally and accept them for who they are because when you feel like you belong, you achieve freedom. United as one, and hopeful, we can work toward a peaceful and safe city. Be a leader that thinks for yourself and speaks up for change.” The name Winnipeg has its origins in the Cree name given to Lake Winnipeg “Win”-muddy, “nippe”-water. Winnipeg is located within Treaty No. 1 Territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinabe (Ojibway), Ininew (Cree), Oji-Cree, Dene, and Dakota, and is the Birthplace of the Métis Nation and the Heart of the Métis Nation Homeland. People from around the world have come to call Winnipeg home and our community prides itself in its cultural diversity. As the original inhabitants of this land and as inhabitants of this land by birth or adoption, we all share the goal to make our city a better place to live based on mutual respect, equal opportunity, and hope. This place has been host to many for thousands of years and present day is home to Inuit from northern territory and Indigenous peoples from other territories arriving from all directions by land, air, and water. The spirit of this legacy is manifest in present day by the observance of greetings and friendship extended to all Indigenous peoples who newly arrive in Winnipeg. What does reconciliation mean? It is a question of basic human dignity. It’s the right of every person from every background to be treated with kindness, decency, and respect, and this benefits all of us. It also means renewing that story of partnership and peace that the treaties began to tell. We are all working towards the same goal - to build happy, resilient, strong, and prosperous families. When we recover the true Canadian story of peace and partnership and inclusion, our highest ideals we cherish, we will improve our chances of success.
(Winnipeg Indigenous Accord Letter)
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