MMIWG Action Plan and NDP Motion on Reconciliation – June 3, 2021
Scrums, news conferences, committees, conferences – highlights from the working day in Canadian politics. (Public affairs)
During Question Period, the Liberal government is pressed on its commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in the wake of the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett take part in a virtual ceremony to mark the release of the federal government’s action plan in meeting the calls for justice that were included in the June 2019 final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. They are joined by representatives from several Indigenous organizations. The MMIWG national inquiry released 231 calls for justice in its report.
At a virtual news conference, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh discusses his party’s opposition day motion calling on the government to take concrete actions for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, including the implementation of all Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action and the tabling of a progress report. Singh is joined by MP Charlie Angus, as well as by Cindy Blackstock, the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and Evelyn Korkmaz, a residential school survivor.