Aug 19, 2022
By Christine Ross
Mayor John Tory has apologized to Métis people for the city’s part in militarized action against them in the 1880s, speaking Friday to the Métis Nation of Ontario Annual General Assembly.
“An apology is nothing without action,” said Tory as he delivered a lengthy and sincere apology.
It’s the first priority of the city’s new 10-year action plan for reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
“The city of Toronto financially contributed to the northwest resistance by providing supplies to the militia troops and they returned, those troops claiming victory, the city of Toronto organized and funded a grand parade to celebrate.”
Tory says the plan is a ‘living document’ that will grow.
“I hope that by apologizing for the role that the city and Toronto city council played in the northwest resistance will help the Métis to heal from the injustices of the past, honour the sacrifices of our ancestors and contribute to the pride of Métis culture and identity for future generations.”