Many individuals have been shaken by the tragic discoveries in Canada, related to the residential schools that existed for over a century in the country. These latest findings further exposed a deep and painful wound that continues to be felt by many communities today.
As a first step in the reconciliation process with Indigenous communities, the Canadian government adopted legislation to make September 30th the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day.
At Saputo, we are committed to supporting Canada's Indigenous communities by sharing their voices and by promoting a more fair and inclusive society overall. To mark the occasion, we invited our Canadian employees to participate in two conferences led by Indigenous speakers, Jesse Wente and Odile Joannette. The aim of these events was to recognize and acknowledge the appalling history and stories behind the residential schools in Canada, and honour the survivors, their families, and all the communities the schools have impacted. More than 500 employees joined the conversation to learn about this important topic. In addition to the conferences, resources to learn more about indigenous literature, music, movies, cuisine were provided to our employees.
Being open to others and providing learning opportunities to our employees to encourage diversity, equity and inclusion in all its forms is important to Saputo. It’s part of our Saputo Promise, and part of who we are.