Every September, Canada observes a significant moment in its history. The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation serves as a reminder to honor Indigenous peoples and their history. For MARANT, this has always been a fundamental part of our values: Gino and Isabel Vettoretto, President and VP of Finance, have made a generous donation to establish the Isabel and Gino Vettoretto Curatorship of North American Archaeology at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) – a reflection on MARANT’s commitment to empower Indigenous voices, preserve cultural richness, and enhance understanding of North American archaeological history.
Our team had the pleasure to participate in the Repatriation Ceremony, one of the many events that offer a deeper understanding of contemporary Indigenous issues at the museum. During the ceremony, century-old artifacts that belonged to Chief Poundmaker were returned to ten direct descendants who traveled all the way from Saskatchewan to Toronto to witness and accept the artifacts’ homecoming. “The repatriation of human remains and sacred objects is essential to the Calls to Action put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission at the ROM. MARANT’s support will enable the technicians to continue this vital work, facilitating the return of ancestral remains and cultural property to their communities while also helping to promote healing and reconciliation.” – said Susan Horvath, former President & CEO, ROM Governors.
MARANT Construction stands in solidarity with Indigenous communities all year long, but especially on this National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. We recognize the importance of acknowledging historical truths, fostering understanding, and working towards reconciliation. Our partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum Repatriation Technician Fund, along with memberships with the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) emphasizes our dedication to these principles and the continued support of Indigenous causes.