End of Year Message from Grand Chief Jerry Daniels
As we look back on the year that was, we take stock of all that has been achieved and recommit ourselves to the work that is yet to be done. Last year brought its share of joy and heartache, and even though many of us were apart physically, we experienced it all together in spirit.
Although the pandemic once again dominated headlines, there was one issue that gripped our hearts more than any other: Canada’s long awaited reckoning with the genocidal impact of the Indian Residential School system, which was finally and irrevocably brought to the forefront through the discovery of mass graves at the sites of several former residential schools across the country.
Our pledge to you as the New Year approaches is a commitment to hold the memory of the children who were lost in our hearts as we continue our work on behalf of southern First Nation people. Every child matters, and we will not forget those who never returned. Most importantly, we will continue to honour their memory by supporting Survivors and advocating for justice.
And although COVID has changed our lives in ways we never thought possible, one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to Our People. In 2022, we will continue working hard on the things that matter to you: the health and wellbeing of our children, youth, and Elders, First Nation rights, and protecting our lands and waters for future generations.
There’s much work to be done, and we look forward to seeing you in a safe and good way in the coming year. To our Chiefs and all the citizens of our member Nations who make our work possible, Miigwetch, Pidamiye and thank you.
On behalf of everyone at SCO, we wish you all the best in the New Year!
Grand Chief Jerry Daniels