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The ATU Stands with Indigenous Communities

Silver Spring, MD – Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) International President John Costa released the following statement regarding Indigenous communities in Canada.

“As we reflect and remember this Canada Day the many Indigenous children who have been found in unmarked mass graves at residential schools throughout Canada, the ATU stands with the Indigenous communities who are calling for reconciliation.

“While we are horrified and devastated by the tragedies that took place against the most innocent among us, it doesn’t come as a shock to Indigenous communities of Canada who have known about these injustices and have been demanding change for a very long time.

“Indigenous communities across the country deserve better. They not only deserve acknowledgment but the resources they need for their communities to thrive despite the historical trauma they’ve endured.

“We stand with ATU Canada in demanding that cities rename transit stations that have been named after the architects of the residential school system as well as enacting the 94 recommendations in the Truth and Reconciliation Report and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls report.

“We stand with the survivors, families, and communities that have been impacted by generations of injustice. Moving forward, so much more must be done to ensure that Indigenous voices are heard, and that past and present wrongs are righted.”