MEDIA RELEASE - Indigenous Peoples still need the resources to heal as more unmarked graves are found

“Today, my heart goes out to the George Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan as they process the devastating discovery of 14 potential unmarked burial sites close to the former George Gordon Indian Residential School. Indigenous Peoples across Canada feel this pain as we are once again reminded of the genocide that was perpetrated and still goes on to this day.
The Prime Minister has promised to take significant steps to help communities heal and find truth, but many Indigenous communities still lack the resources they need.
New Democrats continue their calls for the Liberal government to give Indigenous Peoples the truth and justice they are owed.

April 21st, 2022

Indigenous Peoples still need the resources to heal as more unmarked graves are found

NDP Critic for Indigenous Services and Indigenous-Crown Relations, Lori Idlout, made the following statement:

“Today, my heart goes out to the George Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan as they process the devastating discovery of 14 potential unmarked burial sites close to the former George Gordon Indian Residential School. Indigenous Peoples across Canada feel this pain as we are once again reminded of the genocide that was perpetrated and still goes on to this day.

The Prime Minister has promised to take significant steps to help communities heal and find truth, but many Indigenous communities still lack the resources they need.

New Democrats continue their calls for the Liberal government to give Indigenous Peoples the truth and justice they are owed. We have been calling for a major increase in funding to undertake forensic investigations at the sites of former residential schools – investigations that must be under the authority of the affected Indigenous communities. In addition, we have called for the creation of a special prosecutor who would reach out to the International Criminal Court and bring to justice those that have committed crimes against humanity through colonialist structures.

New Democrats are committed to holding the Liberals to account and supporting the needs of First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities. We must turn empathy into real action.”

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East Vancouver MP Jenny Kwan told Postmedia that she thinks port police should be restored on the waterfront.

Kwan, who has a container terminal in her riding, said when the force was disbanded in 1997, she was an MLA and very critical of the decision.

“The port police should never have been disbanded. There are definitely ongoing implications,” Kwan said. “The port is the gateway for illegal activities in terms of people shipping illegal goods in and out. … that’s definitely an ongoing concern.”

“We absolutely support minister Farnworth and the municipalities’ call for the federal government to step back up and show leadership in addressing this concern and to fund the port police.”


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