Senior Counsel, Environmental and Indigenous Affairs
Canadian National (CN)
As the leader of the Indigenous Relations team at CN, I am very pleased to welcome you to the 4th edition of the Convention on First Peoples Perseverance and Academic Achievement for First Peoples. It is an honour for CN to be able to be associated this year with this unifying event to discuss and share on one CN’s most important topics: education.
Over the years, the Convention on Perseverance and Academic Achievement for First Peoples has become a major event in its field and the publication produced as part of it, the Journal of Perseverance and Academic Achievement for First Peoples, also proved to be of a high quality. The most diversified programming will allow you, I am sure, to share, learn and, I hope, improve the chances of academic success among the First Peoples. Indigenous cultural identity must be recognized to ensure the success of all in their academic careers. It’s a source of wealth for Canada and a reality we meet and respect at CN as we travel across the country from coast to coast. This gathering, this year held in Montreal, where our head office is located, aligns perfectly with CN’s Indigenous vision of developing respectful and mutually beneficial relationships with all Indigenous people.
Education is a value that must be cultivated since it is the key to freedom, including freedom of thought and choice for everyone’s future. Moreover, it is important not only for the individuals receiving it, but also for the community to which they belong. Everyone’s academic success creates benefits at the individual level, but also at the collective level.
I hope you will take full advantage of all the opportunities created by the Convention, including the opportunity to build relationships for the future.
On that note, have a good convention and we look forward to seeing you there in large numbers!