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Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, in memory of the children who went missing and in support of their grieving families and communities, we have provided $33.8 million in budget 2019 for the calls to action 72 to 76. The calls to action 72 to 73 were through the National Centre for Truth and Reconcili

June 7th, 2021House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for the opportunity to explain the process since the $10 million went to the National Centre on Truth and Reconciliation in 2016. We then had to move forward with the NCTR to figure out what the appropriate amount for the 2019 budget would be and t

June 7th, 2021House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, first, I want to remind the member that over 80% of the 76 calls to action under the sole or shared responsibility of the federal government are completed or well under way; the recent passage of Bill C-5, as an example, Bill C-8, Bill C-15. This will result in susta

June 7th, 2021House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I totally agree with the member, except for the destruction of documents by the Canadian government, which were all handed over to the National Centre on Truth and Reconciliation. The residential school survivors and those dealing with it need to hear the Pope apol

June 7th, 2021House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for her ongoing advocacy. Our hearts are always with the survivors and families of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls and two-spirited, LGBTQQIA+ people. On June 3, we were with all the contributing partners across Canada when they ca

June 7th, 2021House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his exemplary leadership. We honour the strength and resilience of the families and survivors for their decades of advocacy for justice, healing and prevention. The federal pathway is a key contribution to the national action plan that will le

June 7th, 2021House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for the opportunity for the clarification. Kukpi7 Casimir has made it very clear this was not a mass grave, although it is heartbreaking that we learned of the possibility of all the remains of children at the former Kamloops residential school.

June 7th, 2021House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the motion highlighted fundamental values of our government, including the need to continue to make concrete progress on implementing the calls to action, compensating survivors of historic child and family welfare system inequities, and supporting the healing of St.

June 8th, 2021House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the mistreatment of indigenous children, including those who attended St. Anne's Indian Residential School, is indeed a tragic and shameful part of Canada's history. To restore the confidence, rebuild trust and maintain the integrity of the process, the court has o

June 8th, 2021House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, as we know, all Canadians were heartbroken when we learned of the remains of the children at the former Kamloops residential school. We are working with the community and our partners. I had a very important conversation with Kúkpi7 Casimir last evening, who is work

June 8th, 2021House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I want to correct the report card the member has given. The TRC road map for reconciliation is so important to our government, and in objective reviews, 80% of the 76 calls to action under the sole or shared responsibility of the federal government are completed or w

June 8th, 2021House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his leadership and his advocacy. Yesterday's announcement does take us another step closer to bringing meaningful resolution and healing for our day scholar survivors and their descendants. After years of advocacy, this agreement is a testament

June 10th, 2021House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, addressing the historical harms committed against indigenous children is a crucial step toward healing and justice for survivors, their families and their communities. The IRSSA and the McLean, Gottfriedson and Anderson settlements represent historic milestones in Ca

June 10th, 2021House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, it has been very clear in the Calls to Action that communities must direct the research, the processes and the ceremonies using their customs. It is really important that each of the communities is able to direct that research. Last night, we met with the National

June 10th, 2021House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, our hearts are with all of these communities dealing with these stark realities in terms of the discoveries at Tk'emlúps. We will be there as a government to support all communities with whatever they need for healing, gatherings, commemoration or archaeological expe

June 14th, 2021House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal