A message from Claire Hopkinson, Director & CEO, Toronto Arts Council, Toronto Arts Foundation.
We knew 251 was only the beginning. Now news of 751 more unmarked graves has come from a former Residential School in Saskatchewan. We know this will not be the last discovery. These facts are a very painful reminder of the ignominious history of residential schools and the deep wounds this brutal past has inflicted upon Indigenous communities. Much evidence has come to light in recent years about the devastating impact of the residential schools. Uncovering this shameful part of our history and its present-day ramifications can no longer be ignored.
The news is yet another painful reminder of the urgent need to address the historic wrongdoings of our society and the need to address the systemic racism that continues to shape the everyday lives of Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.
We at Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation are committed to dismantling these structures of systemic racism that continue to exist. We will continue working with our artists, arts workers, partners and sponsors, through our grant programs, awards, and other resources to bring down these oppressive structures by continuing to amplify Indigenous artists and lend our voices as advocates in solidarity with the Indigenous community.
I look forward to playing our role for truth and reconciliation in Canada
Director & CEO
Toronto Arts Foundation
Toronto Arts Council