National Aboriginal Day

June 21, 2016

“Meegwetch, Mayor Tory and May for keeping track of me for all these years. I have felt very honoured to be able to be here for a number of years. For many years, we didn’t have a reason to gather like this. When the City of Toronto recognized that we celebrated — we used to call it First Nations Day, and then it became National Aboriginal Day — I felt obligated to be here to represent my family, my mother who’s not here and all those who came before us, who didn’t have the opportunity to stand up and be proud to be Anishinaabekwe, Aboriginal, First Nations, Native — pick your title. So I was here representing all those members of my family down through the years, and I think of them each time I sit in this circle, each time I listen to the elder and the teachers talking about where we came from and who we are. It was an opportunity to pay homage to honour my parents, my grandparents, my great-grandparents and those who settled in this city. So to serve our community and to be a member of this Aboriginal affairs committee with the likes of Councillor Layton and those who came before is my honour and I thank you very, very much.”

Frances Sanderson, co-chair Aboriginal affairs committee

June 21, 2016. Frances Sanderson speaking at National Aboriginal Day

June 21, 2016. Frances Sanderson speaking at National Aboriginal Day.

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