Six Years Later, Indigenous People Still Need Justice and Healing « Canada’s NDP

February 15, 2022 at 2:00 pm  Federal, Politics

NDP critic for Indigenous Services and Indigenous-Crown Relations, Lori Idlout, made the following statement:

“I am deeply saddened to learn that Keeseekoose First Nation has discovered more than 50 potential unmarked graves on the grounds of a former residential school. This is heartbreaking and further proof of the genocide against Indigenous people in this country.

Six years ago, the Prime Minister promised to take significant steps in the path towards reconciliation. However, Indigenous peoples in Canada are still struggling for justice.

For months, New Democrats have been calling for action from the Liberal government to give Indigenous people the truth and justice they are owed. We have called for the creation of a special prosecutor who would reach out to the International Criminal Court in recognition that this system represents a crime against humanity. In addition, the NDP has been calling for a major increase in funding to undertake forensic investigations at sites of former residential schools – investigations that must be under the authority of the affected Indigenous communities.

New Democrats are committed to holding the Liberals to account and supporting the needs of First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities.”

If you are a former residential school student in distress, or have been affected by the residential school system and need help, you can contact the 24-hour Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419

Resources available in Nunavut:

Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre – (867) 645-2600

Ilisaqsivik Society – – (867) 924-6565

Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqatigiit Embrace Life Council – 1-800-265-3333

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