HRM makes statement of reconciliation to aboriginal community – The Coast Halifax

by pmnationtalk on December 9, 20151104 Views

Dec 8, 2015

More important things were made official today than donairs.

Today at city hall, Halifax Regional Council took a bold step forward and made an official statement of reconciliation to the aboriginal community.

It was an emotional vote for councillor Jennifer Watts, who fought back tears while stating this was the most important moment of her political career. After the unanimous vote passed, Watts left her chair for a celebratory hug with Pam Glode-Desrochers, executive director of the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre.

“We haven’t really understood or acknowledged as a municipality our relationship with First Nations people,” Watts said after the meeting. “I think we’ve come to realize we really need to more formally recognize our relationships. This was really the first step in doing that…For me, it’s an historic day.”

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