Indigenous Peoples Day Canada

How the government of Canada marked Indigenous Peoples Day

As leaders made the usual statements, the house unanimously passed a motion requiring the federal government to fund searches for mass graves.

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada, a day to celebrate cultures as well as address past and present wrongs to communities across the country. With the federal government in the midst of an intensified reckoning for its history of stealing Indigenous kids from their families and stripping them of their culture in church-run residential schools, some action was taken in Parliament today to move towards reconciliation. A Bloc Québécois motion to make the federal government pay for a search for potential mass grave sites across the country was passed unanimously.

On this National Indigenous Peoples Day, the Bloc Québécois raised their voices and rallied unanimity on his motion establishing, among other things, that First Nations be in charge of the process of remembrance of the victims of residential schools.

A Bloc Québécois motion passed unanimously on National Indigenous Peoples Day

As explained in La Presse, the Bloc motion — a response to calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission — was developed in collaboration with the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Assembly of First Nations, the Ralliement des Métis and the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador.

How the government of Canada marked Indigenous Peoples Day

Trudeau went on to say:

“Our government is committed to righting past wrongs and addressing ongoing challenges — and we will do so in partnership with Indigenous peoples.”

—Justin Trudeau

To read Trudeau’s full statement, please click here.

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