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Honouring Indigenous History and Pride

Last year, we committed to making the TTC a more diverse and inclusive organization – both for our employees and all our customers. We launched the 10-Point Action Plan for Diversity and Inclusion and since then, we have been deliberate in our choices to embrace and celebrate all that makes this city great. The TTC is truly embracing the motto inscribed in Toronto’s Coat of Arms – Diversity Our Strength.

This month, the TTC is proudly honouring the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and the region’s Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer and Questioning communities (2SLGBTQ+) with customer and employee campaigns, vehicle wraps, printed posters, employee videos and stories, digital/web messages and social media posts. You can find these at TTC stations and workplaces, as well as on many of our vehicles. At 1900 Yonge, you’ll find the Pride flag flying proud.

Throughout the month, we will feature elements of our campaign in MyTTC | Weekly and on our app, MyTTC | SAP Jam, including stories and lived experiences of employees who identify as Indigenous and part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

These are important campaigns for the TTC – they increase awareness and serve as a starting point for us to learn about others so we can understand new perspectives, change our thinking for the better and ultimately become a more inclusive community together.

Our stop-and-stay to honour the memory of the 215 Indigenous children
While the month of June is a time to recognize the rich history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous Peoples, we must also acknowledge the past. Over the weekend, the country learned of the devastating discovery of the remains of 215 children on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops, BC. To honour their memory, on June 1 at 2:15 p.m., we brought all of our vehicles to a standstill and paused for two minutes of silence.

While our Indigenous History Month campaign will not erase the pain this and other tragedies have caused, we hope it will educate our communities so that we can know and do better moving forward.

Introducing free Wi-Fi on select bus routes
As part of our commitment to inclusion, we have also launched a pilot to bring free Wi-Fi to select TTC routes in Toronto Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. This proof-of-concept pilot began on May 31 on the 35 Jane route, and will extend to the 102 Markham Road route this month. Information from this important project will help inform future Wi-Fi service in all buses and streetcars.

The TTC is making change to address diversity and inclusion issues, but I know we still have a long way to go. I want to thank you for being a part of this important journey forward. I hope these and future campaigns serve as reminders to never stop learning about our rich histories, to continue seeking out ways to create a more just society, and to celebrate our diversity to the fullest.

Together, we create a more inclusive and welcoming TTC and Toronto.

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
June 4, 2021

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