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  • Statement: Truth and Reconciliation
    Requires Action and Partnership

    September 30, 2022
    Sault Ste. Marie, ON / Toronto, ON - To mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC), released the following statement:
    “Indigenous Peoples make up the fastest growing population in Canada and continue to face systemic barriers to their economic and social well-being,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “Every sector has a role to play in advancing Truth and Reconciliation and ensuring equitable outcomes across the country.”
    While today presents an opportunity to amplify Indigenous voices and commit to continuous learning and unlearning, the work does not end here. As a collective, we must recognize the lasting legacy and impacts of colonialism, the inter-generational effects of residential schools and the ongoing systemic racism facing Indigenous communities across Canada.
    The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action 92 calls on businesses to advance economic reconciliation and Indigenous economic inclusion by:

    • Building meaningful, respectful relationships with Indigenous Peoples;

    • Ensuring equitable employment and economic development opportunities for Indigenous communities; and

    • Providing skills-based staff training in intercultural competency and anti-racism.

    “Today, several community-based organizations will host events, conversations, and days of action to commemorate residential school Survivors and honour their stories throughout the province. We encourage business owners in Sault Ste. Marie to take part in these important learning opportunities and reflect on the local and national history that continues to shape the experiences of Indigenous Peoples across Canada,” said Karen Bird, president of the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce.  

    Select books by Indigenous authors:

    • 21 Things You Might Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph

    • Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

    • Unreconciled: Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance by Jesse Wente

    • In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience by Helen Knott

    Mental health supports offered by the Government of Canada:

    • Residential ‘School’ Survivors can call 1-866-925-4419 for emotional crisis referral services and information on other health supports from the Government of Canada.

    Indigenous peoples across Canada can also access The Hope for Wellness Help Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for counselling and crisis intervention. Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat.
    About the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce
    The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization comprised of 600 plus businesses and agencies in Sault Ste. Marie and has been serving the needs of this community since 1889. The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce will lead the way as the voice of business, advancing economic prosperity for its membership and the business community. Learn more about the SSMCOC at www.ssmcoc.com
    About the Ontario Chamber of Commerce
    For more than a century, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has been the independent, non-partisan, indispensable partner of Ontario business. The OCC’s mission is to support economic growth in Ontario by defending business priorities at Queen’s Park on behalf of its network’s diverse 60,000 members.


    SSMCOC Media Contact:
    Rory Ring
    Chief Executive Officer
    Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce
    E-mail: rory@ssmcoc.com

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