June marks National Indigenous History Month. In recognition of National Indigenous History Month, we want to dedicate it to the children who were taken away to residential schools and never came home, their families and residential schools Survivors. I invite all who live in Canada to learn more about the ongoing effects of colonialism, and to discover and honour the unique cultures and experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada.

As we reflect on the past year, we acknowledge the horrific findings made by communities across the country, the legacy of residential schools and a policy that harmed families for generations. These unmarked graves and the horrible legacy they left will forever be a reminder of our colonial history and we must never forget the children who never came home. We are steadfast in our commitment toward the work of truth and reconciliation, to addressing historic wrongs and by making sure communities have the necessary supports needed as they lead the work to uncover the truth and support the healing of people and communities.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis continue to make significant and important contributions to the collective national identity, and while National Indigenous History Month offers an opportunity to highlight those contributions, Canadians from across Canada should feel inspired to learn and participate in Indigenous traditions and customs throughout the year. I encourage you to follow Indigenous Twitter and Facebook pages as they highlight Indigenous history, culture and traditions throughout the month.