Toronto council unanimously supports Indigenous office – Toronto Star

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Council voted on Wednesday to create an Indigenous Affairs Office, which will be officially established if funding is approved in the 2018 budget.

Dec. 6, 2017

For the first time, members of the Indigenous community performed a smudging ceremony and drum circle at council Wednesday, to “cleanse minds of negative energy.

“And to find clarity and strength and to speak the truth,” said Tasunke Sugar, a member of Cree First Nations, to the chamber.

The ritual was followed by another first — council unanimously voted in favour of the city establishing a permanent Indigenous Affairs Office, which the Indigenous community has been requesting for more than 20 years, said city staff.

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