Assertion by the Prime Minister on Nationwide Ribbon Skirt Day

Statement by the Prime Minister on National Ribbon Skirt Day

CANADA, March 1 – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, as we speak issued the next assertion on Nationwide Ribbon Skirt Day:

“In the present day, I be a part of all these throughout Canada who’re marking the primary Nationwide Ribbon Skirt Day, whether or not that be via celebration, ceremony, or with group. Yearly any more, January 4 shall be a chance for us all to study extra about and to have fun Indigenous cultures, traditions, histories, and contributions to this numerous nation.

“Handed unanimously into regulation by Parliament final month, Nationwide Ribbon Skirt Day originates with the story of Isabella Kulak. A member of Cote First Nation, Saskatchewan, Isabella was shamed for carrying her handmade ribbon skirt to a proper put on day at her elementary faculty. Historically worn by First Nations and Métis peoples, ribbon skirts are a centuries-old image of id, adaptation, and survival for Indigenous girls, ladies, and gender-diverse individuals, and represents a direct connection to Mom Earth. Isabella’s story shone a light-weight on the enduring injustices, racism, and discrimination confronted by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis in Canada daily, and on the significance of the position all of us must play in ensuring that what occurred by no means occurs once more to anybody in Canada.

“Elevating consciousness of and defending the distinctive and deeply private traditions of Indigenous communities is important to advancing reconciliation as a society, in addition to constructing relationships and connections based mostly on mutual respect and understanding. The Authorities of Canada is working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to guard and promote their cultures and traditions, that are crucial to the vitality and well-being of their communities. This contains our ongoing efforts via the Federal Pathway to Handle Lacking and Murdered Indigenous Ladies, Women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ Individuals to help within the revitalization and strengthening of Indigenous cultures and id. We additionally proceed to work carefully with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act and develop an motion plan that can assist make sure the inherent rights of all Indigenous Peoples are revered. These are vital steps in our ongoing work to resume our nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, and government-to-government relationships via respect, therapeutic, and cooperation.

“This Nationwide Ribbon Skirt Day, I invite everybody to study from Indigenous Peoples about their cultures and histories – from languages to conventional ceremonies and regalia to ancestral ties to the land. Collectively, allow us to amplify Indigenous voices and rise up towards racism and discrimination to construct a greater society for everybody.”