MNO Credit River Council supports new Peel Charter
By: Richard Cuddy, President of the MNO Credit River Métis Council
On April 18, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Credit River Métis Council President Richard Cuddy and Senator Ray Bergie attended the launch of the Region of Peel’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter.
The Charter is the first regional initiative “to foster inclusiveness and equity” in the province of Ontario. Although the Charter isn’t a legal document, “the Charter is a living document that supports the implementation of existing national and provincial legislation.
The Region of Peel, comprising of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, is amongst the most diverse, fast growing and rapidly changing regions in Canada. This diversity can create both challenges and opportunities. The Charter’s goal is to ensure the full inclusion of all who live, work and play in Peel.
Senator Bergie provided the opening prayer and blessing for the launch. Council President Cuddy was one of ten dignitaries speaking on behalf of their communities, organizations or governments. His speech included, “On nay icit, we are here; the Métis have a robust, vibrant community in Peel that is rich in tradition, culture and heritage. The MNO Credit River Métis Council is pleased and proud to endorse the Charter. I am confident the Charter will influence the residents, communities, organizations and governments in Peel to continue to strengthen our ties. Together our accomplishments can be limitless and inspire the generations to come.”
Other speakers included: Chisanga Puta-Chekwe, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration; Marolyn Morrison, Mayor, Town of Caledon; Linda Jeffrey, Minister, Municipal Affairs and Housing; Jennifer Evans, Chief of Police, Peel Regional Police; Matthew Anderson, President and CEO, William Osler Health System; Tony Pontes, Director of Education, Peel District School Board; Shelley White, President and CEO, United Way of Peel Region; Sajedeh Zahraei, Community Engagement Lead, CAMH and Stuart Keeler, Director and Curator, Art Gallery of Mississauga.
By endorsing the Charter, the MNO Credit River Métis Council is demonstrating the desire to work cooperatively with residents, communities, organizations and governments in Peel. The Council seeks to create change and endeavours to achieve respect and recognition for Métis rights, culture, language and identity, not only in Peel but across the Nation.
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