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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, 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, 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, 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, I thank the member for all her heartfelt agency on this. Our thoughts are with the survivors, families and indigenous communities across Canada. The discovery is a reminder of the harms done to residential school attendees and the trauma that survivors and families

June 1st, 2021House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his question and his good work. This $145-million settlement was achieved through the unwavering dedication, determination and hard work of Chief Bernard and the first nation. As Chief Bernard said: Every member of our band will be helped by

May 25th, 2021House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for her concern, and our hearts are with all the families and survivors in this ongoing tragedy. There is no question the 100 indigenous women and two-spirited and LGBTQQIA+ people working on this plan were very, very pleased to see $2.2 billion pu

May 3rd, 2021House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, as always, our hearts are with the survivors, the families of the missing and murdered indigenous women, two-spirit and gender-diverse people. They are helping us develop the best possible effective and accountable national action plan. In the response to the first

April 27th, 2021House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Relations  Mr. Speaker, the mistreatment of indigenous children, including those who attended St. Anne’s Indian Residential School, is a tragic and shameful part of Canada's history. To restore confidence, rebuild trust and maintain the integrity of the Indian residential school settlement

March 23rd, 2021House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Madam Speaker, I have always had difficulty, because this was rejected by the former government and was for decades fought for for the families and survivors and by the families and survivors. We will not let them down. We launched the first-ever national public inquiry and now

December 7th, 2020House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Madam Speaker, as the member well knows, this is a national action plan. It requires all of the provinces, territories and indigenous governments, all of the partners, to work together to make sure that there will be a national action plan. Yukon will be coming forward with its

December 7th, 2020House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Women and Gender Equality  Madam Speaker, I thank the member for her question and her ongoing advocacy. Our hearts are with all of the survivors and families of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, and two-spirit and gender-diverse people. This national public inquiry is working with a core wor

December 7th, 2020House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal