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Re: Shock and sadness over 'No Natives' sign

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March 17, 2011

Letters to the Editor
Peterborough Examiner

Through Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Canadians are learning a lot about the intergenerational harm Aboriginal peoples and communities experienced because of racism and bigotry. One of the hopes is that we can collectively apply what we have learned so we do not repeat history.

Incidents like the "No Natives" sign serve as tragic reminders that what happened in the past continues to happen today - Aboriginal people across Ontario continue to live with discrimination and hate. I am, however, pleased with the quick response of police, Aboriginal leaders and the community of Lakefield. They have spoken together to say that racism and hate have no place in Lakefield.

In fact, racism and hate have no place in any community in Ontario. I urge all Ontarians to follow the lead of the Lakefield community, and to make a new history of reconciliation and inclusion.

Barbara Hall, B.A, LL.B, Ph.D (hon.)
Chief Commissioner
Ontario Human Rights Commission