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Opinion: An inquiry is not enough for international crimes against Indigenous children at the Indian residential schools – APTN News
by ahnationtalk on October 27, 202173 Views
At the closing event for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 2015 in Vancouver, I listened with tears in my eyes to Commissioner Murray Sinclair speak of the lost and missing children from the Indian residential schools, at that time suspected to number at least 3,000.
In addition to the heartbreaking stories of survivors, and growing up in a family where many had attended the Kamloops Indian Residential School, I was overcome by shock, disbelief, sadness, anger in hearing about the children who never came home now in excess of 6,000 across Canada.
For years since, the TRC has been calling for the federal government to release all records on the children who died and to have the churches who ran the Indian residential schools release their records – to no avail. Parliamentarians have been advocating for similar measures since 2007 when Liberal MP Gary Merasty called upon then prime minister Stephen Harper to repatriate the bodies of the missing children and for an apology.
There was an apology, but for what use is an apology when there is little change in the actions that led to it?
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