Reactions to the Discovery of 215 Deceased Indigenous Children – June 2, 2021

Reactions to the Discovery of 215 Deceased Indigenous Children – June 2, 2021

Reactions to the Discovery of 215 Deceased Indigenous Children – June 2, 2021

The shockwave spread across Canada following the discovery of the remains of 215 children in a mass grave behind a former residential school in British Columbia continues to be felt. Ottawa pledges to fund excavations to find the remains of other former Indigenous residents across the country. Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller confirms that $ 27 million will be available to help communities. We take stock with Alexandre Bacon, president and senior advisor at Ashukan Strategies.

Ottawa will provide a $ 27 million grant to support Indigenous communities who wish to initiate research around the sites that once housed residential schools to identify the remains of deceased residents. What should Ottawa do on this file? We debate it with MPs Greg Fergus (LIB), Jacques Gourde (CPC), Simon-Pierre Savard-Tremblay (BQ) and Alexandre Boulerice (NDP).

Political scientists Geneviève Tellier and Daniel Béland analyze the political impacts of the discovery of the remains of 215 children in a mass grave behind a former Indigenous residential school in British Columbia and a $ 20 million bonus that Air Canada granted to four senior executives while the government had to inject almost $ 6 billion of public funds to come to the rescue of the airline during the pandemic.