Truth and Reconciliation Commission
If passed, the holiday would coincide with Orange Shirt Day.
"The shame of those who abused children in their institutions in the past is now theirs to wear."
The senator told Indigenous people to become Canadian citizens, which they already are.
The world will turn to Canada as the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reviews its record on combating racial discrimination.
The statistics are horrendous and unacceptable. Less than 40 per cent of indigenous students who start grade one will graduate from high school. Compare that to the national rate of 87 per cent. The gap in university graduation is even greater. The economic advantages of "closing the gap" far outweigh the costs.
Murray Sinclair was also the head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Beyak has said that the good things about residential schools go unacknowledged.
My op-ed 'Canada Ignores Its Own Refugees' was published in Toronto Star on January 4th, and was one of the most read articles
"They see progress.”
As Canada struggles to come to terms with reconciliation, court cases are helping define what Indigenous rights and title mean in day-to-day life. If the federal government is serious about its commitment to a new and respectful relationship with Indigenous peoples, it should set the tone through policies that address historic injustices, such as in commercial fishing practices.