As Métis, we are nation builders; we have been instrumental in growing economies, in asserting our voice, advancing our rights and mobilizing our communities. We have joined together throughout our history with other Indigenous peoples to advance our collective concerns.

We are witnessing Indigenous and non-Indigenous people rising in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en and it should come as no surprise that a convergence of issues has collided headlong into the lasting legacy of colonization.

These recent events have once again brought to light the need for respect, recognition and a greater understanding of the sophisticated richness of traditional systems of governance and laws that pre-date Canada. Further, it underscores how much more work there is still to do to address the unresolved claims and unfulfilled promises that threaten the honour of the Crown.

We support the Wet’suwet’en in determining their way forward in the best interests of their families, communities and future generations. We categorically reject the hostility and expressions of violence that undermine the possibilities for peace. We urge all levels of government to engage in open and respectful nation-to-nation dialogue.

We stand with all Indigenous peoples—and indeed all Canadians—to come together and create change for the better. Canada’s colonialist legacy is not a problem to be managed, nor is it for one government to fix. Truth and reconciliation is a responsibility we all share. This is about the kind of fair and just society we all want for our families and our children it is about the health and well-being of all our relations long into the future.

Posted on February 26, 2020