On the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the team at Counsel Public Affairs is reflecting on the role and responsibility that public policy professionals share in confronting Canada’s dark past and addressing the ongoing injustice towards Indigenous people.

All Canadians should be aware of the grim history of displacement, theft and violence that has characterized the Crown relationship with Indigenous people, including the shameful legacy of the Indian residential school system.

Recognizing and returning legal rights, land and economic power to Canada’s original inhabitants is a pressing political imperative. While it will be frustratingly slow and complicated, it is absolutely necessary. 

Counsel is proud of the work we do with Indigenous and business leaders across Canada to advance reconciliation. Working on behalf of our clients, including several Indigenous Nations, we are engaging all levels of government to implement fundamental legal reforms and the remaining calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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