This year Indigenous History Month coincided with the discovery of the remains of 215 children on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops.
Ford’s apathy to this immense loss showed me the importance of electing leaders from the urban Indigenous community like Suze Morrison.
Suze fought for the Ford government to fund Indigenous-led investigations of unmarked graves at former residential school sites across Ontario. She helped ensure that Idle no More activists mourning at Queen’s Park were not disrupted when the security guards wanted to remove the shoes being left behind to memorialize our lost ancestors.
Suze is the kind of leader who would make Ryerson’s ghost wince.
That is why it is so important that we fight to ensure Suze is re-elected alongside an NDP government. There cannot be reconciliation without us, and we need Suze in government — in cabinet — to ensure it is done in a good way.
We started June 2021 united in grief. Those 215 precious children, and many more across the country, should have lived full lives, and their grandchildren should be here today. And while we hold this loss, we appreciate the bright future we can build right here in Toronto Centre for the next generation of Indigenous children and youth in the upcoming election.
Join me in supporting Suze Morrison’s re-election to elect an NDP government that will stand in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples.