So it's important to identify what we know about this maligned and often misidentified breed, as well as what we don't know. And you know what's probably the most annoying thing about him?
“Our government has said time and time again that there is no relationship more important than with the Indigenous Peoples of this land, but this is more than just words,” said Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
“We must take concrete actions toward this relationship — one that is based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.
To be fair, though, Nigel is scared of many things, including the vacuum cleaner, coffee grinder, leaf blower, lawn mower and just basically anything that makes noise.
All of that makes sense, but he also becomes unnerved when I talk on the phone.
“We’re starting to walk together in reconciliation,” she said.
“That’s about joining efforts, and this is one step forward in healing, in acknowledging Aboriginal people.” The RCGS has partnered with Canada’s major Indigenous organizations on the creation of this groundbreaking work, which will draw on the knowledge and expertise of the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (which represents the Inuit of all four major regions and works to preserve Inuit culture and languages), the Métis National Council, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and Indspire (an Indigenous-led organization that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people).
“We recognize that these stories go back many thousands of years, not just 150.
As the country’s pre-eminent geographical organization, we are very proud that the atlas will give us an opportunity to help Canadians better understand this history.” As Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, put it, Indigenous Peoples are eager to see their own place names, their histories, reflected in this atlas and in other works.
This grand circle of 13 large panels, each representing a month in the traditional Indigenous lunar calendar, forms a kind of ceremonial space that onlookers can enter.
The exhibition will be open to the public from June 28 to September 30, after which it will move on to another part of Canada.
I think we are well placed now to do just that.” From the atlas proper to the Giant Floor Maps, website, teacher guides and other resources that will be part and parcel of the project, this will be a source of pride for Indigenous communities, for their children, for their contributions to Canada today and the future of Canada, said Roberta Jamieson, president and CEO of Indspire.