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Corporate Canada must be more accountable in the journey to reconciliation with Indigenous people – The Globe and Mail

Ken Fredeen is general counsel emeritus and senior partner of Deloitte Indigenous. Fiona Kirkpatrick Parsons is National Advisor/kā-nīkānīt of Deloitte Indigenous. Alexandra Biron is manager of Deloitte Indigenous. As part of professional services firm Deloitte Canada, Deloitte Indigenous works collaboratively with Indigenous communities and businesses to further enable them to prosper and grow.

A glance at any news headlines today lays bare the dreadfully slow progress Canada has made toward reconciliation, even though five years have passed since the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 94 calls to action. These calls were put in place to redress the painful and devastating legacy of residential schools and pave the way for true reconciliation. Here we are in 2020 and it’s abundantly obvious: governments across the country, every sector of the economy and Canadians overall still have much work to do to reconcile with Indigenous peoples.

June is National Indigenous History Month, when we recognize and celebrate the history and unique cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. However, recognizing and celebrating once a year is not enough. With current protests happening across Canada and their demands for justice and equality, the necessary momentum for positive change is within our grasp.

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