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Canada 150: Facing the truth makes for a worthy celebration

U of T profs Charles Pascal, Suzanne Stewart say the biggest obstacle to Canada’s progress is its treatment of Indigenous peoples

June 30, 2017

Women in traditional Indigenous dress protest on streets of Toronto

Women in traditional Indigenous dress protest on streets of Toronto

As Canada recognizes its 150th birthday, OISE professor Dr. Charles Pascal, and Dr. Suzanne Stewart of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, argue there would be much more to celebrate if the nation connected its birthday bash with a more promising future and the TRC’s Calls to Action.

“We would have more to celebrate if we all honour both the best Canada has been while ensuring its worst moments are truthfully understood so genuine reconciliation catapults Canada to a place that a troubled world needs more than ever,” they write.

Read the full story in the Toronto Star 

Suzanne L. Stewart (@SuzanneLStewart) is a member of the Yellowknife Dene First Nation. She is director of Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health and associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

Charles E. Pascal is professor of applied psychology and human development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and a former Ontario deputy minister.