Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the holiday “recognizes the loss, injustice, and intergenerational trauma that Indigenous peoples have faced – and continue to face – due to the residential school system, systemic racism, and discrimination that persists in our society.” “
“We should all learn about the history and heritage of residential schools,” he said in a statement. “It is only by facing these harsh truths and correcting these mistakes that we can move forward together towards a more positive, fair and better future.”
In 2019, Trudeau said that he and his government acknowledged the harm caused to indigenous people in Canada as genocide, adding that the government would move to “end this ongoing tragedy”.
The report detailed the physical, sexual and emotional abuse faced by children in government and church-run institutions.
Earlier this year, the remains of hundreds of Indigenous children were found at several sites, prompting calls for accountability from advocates and indigenous peoples across the country.
Canada’s Governor General Mary May Simon said on Thursday that Canada’s “true history has been exposed.”
“We acknowledge the serious abuses committed by some members of our Catholic community; physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, cultural and sexual,” the organization said in a statement. “We sadly acknowledge the historical and ongoing trauma and legacy of the suffering and challenges faced by indigenous peoples that continue to this day.”
Indigenous advocates were demanding a formal apology from the Catholic Church and the Pope.
The organization said those requests have been heard and a delegation of indigenous survivors, the elderly and young people is due to meet Pope Francis in Rome in December.
Court supported the decision ordering compensation
In 2007, the Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations filed a human rights complaint alleging that Canada was discriminating against First Nations children and families by undermining the delivery of child and family services to the reserve. live. He argued that that practice resulted in many children entering foster care.
After years of litigation and hearings, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in 2019 ordered the federal government to pay 40,000 Canadian dollars (about $31,000) to children, parents, or grandparents, according to court records. They could receive $20,000 for pain and suffering and $20,000 for discriminatory practices.
Court documents show that children who entered foster care before January 1, 2006 and remained in care until at least that date may be eligible for compensation.
Although it is not clear how many people may be compensated, the Assembly of First Nations previously estimated that as many as 54,000 people may benefit.
The national government challenged the decision but a Canadian federal court overruled it and upheld the previous ruling on Wednesday.
“This is justice in action for First Nations children and families; however, nothing can replace the languages, lands and childhoods and connections of loved ones stolen by Canada’s discrimination. We have repeatedly made a just and reasonable request.” It is for Canada to stop fighting with our children. Courtesy to proceed not only to truth and reconciliation but also to the healing path,” Rosanne Archibald, national head of the Assembly of First Nations, said in a statement.
Granthshala’s Paula Newton and Max Foster contributed to this report.
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