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On the Path Towards Reconciliation

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Recognition and Commemoration

In the five months of Premier Andrew Furey leading our Liberal government, building closer connections with Indigenous leaders in Newfoundland and Labrador and advancing work towards reconciliation has been a top priority. 

“Indigenous culture is beautifully represented in art, and I am honoured to have the opportunity to display some of the work by talented Indigenous artists in Newfoundland and Labrador in the Confederation Building,” said Premier Andrew Furey. “It is important that the true heritage of this land is represented in the province’s monuments and historical sites.”

In consultation with Indigenous leaders, the Furey government has started the process to create and install a statue commemorating historical Beothuk people. 

To achieve this, the Furey government will prioritize the work of the interdepartmental working group focusing on provincial monuments and observances. Through public engagement and close consultation with Indigenous peoples, the group will provide recommendations to government on how best to honour the history of this beautiful place.

Inquiry into Innu Children in Care

The Furey government is committed to establishing an inquiry into the experiences and treatment of children in the child protection system in the province. Agreement has been reached with Innu Nation on the selection of commissioners, and work on the inquiry is progressing.

Indigenous Perspectives Training

“I truly believe education is the path forward – on almost any issue,” said Furey.  

“Our government will build on commitments to strengthen relationships and work towards reconciliation by ensuring training on Indigenous perspectives for all elected representatives, their staff, and public servants, to help foster deeper understanding and cultural awareness of the unique points of view in each community,” he added. 

Respectful, principle-based relationships with Indigenous peoples will form the foundation for sound government policies and programs, and not only ensure vibrant and prosperous Indigenous communities – but an inclusive Newfoundland and Labrador. 

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