In the wake of the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the publication of its findings, the Board of Directors of CODE and the CODE Foundation and associated staff wish to express their commitment to following the Calls to Action made by the Commission. CODE was especially pleased to see the recommendations related to education, as we’ve witnessed both the incredible work already being done in this area and the challenges that still exist.
Through its Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, CODE will continue to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit writers so that their important stories can be told to and shared with Canadians of all cultural backgrounds. CODE will also continue to work with its partners to contribute to reducing the educational gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians by providing First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth with books that reflect their own culture and reality. It remains CODE’s hope that, through these engaging books, they will develop a lifelong love of reading and learning, strengthening their own capacity for a brighter future.
“In this historical moment in Canadian history, we stand together with our First Nations, Métis and Inuit partners in the Burt Award,” said Tim Hynes, Chair of the CODE Board of Directors. “CODE is privileged to work with them in making a difference by making sure First Nations, Métis and Inuit stories are heard, and that young First Nations, Métis and Inuit people have access to literature that speaks to them.”
CODE looks forward to continuing to work hand-in-hand with its partners to support literacy and education amongst First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, in the spirit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Actions.