Draft speech on residential schools edited out blaming Ottawa for abuse: documents – CP24

Draft speech on residential schools edited out blaming Ottawa for abuse: documents – CP24

by ahnationtalk on August 10, 2022110 Views

August 10, 2022

Ottawa was careful to avoid admitting abuses Indigenous children suffered at residential schools happened “at the hands of the federal government” in remarks prepared for a Liberal cabinet minister after the discovery of unmarked graves last year, documents show.

The Canadian Press obtained documents through the Access to Information Act that show a draft version of a speech written for Carolyn Bennett, who was then minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, originally contained those words before they were edited out.

“It gets to me that they’re still in a place of defending themselves,” said Cindy Blackstock, executive director for the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.

In May 2021, the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Nation announced ground-penetrating radar had found what are believed to be the unmarked graves of about 200 children on the site of a former residential school near Kamloops, B.C.

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