National Petition – #HonourTheApology

Here is the petition for today. Please feel free to print it off and get your friends, collegues and family to sign it, especially if they can’t make it to the vigil today on Victoria Island.

Remember to bring copies with you; they will be prayed over and smudged by an Elder before presenting them to the Minister.

Petitions can also be mailed to:
Bernard Valcourt
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

No stamp needed.

A printable .pdf file of the petition is available here: HTA National Petition

On June 11, 2008, the Prime Minister of Canada offered an apology to survivors of the residential school system. Naming the policy a “sad chapter in our history,” he stated:

The burden of this experience has been on your shoulders for far too long. The burden is properly ours as a government, and as a country. There is no place in Canada for the attitudes that inspired the Indian residential schools system to ever again prevail. You have been working on recovering from this experience for a long time and in a very real sense, we are now joining you on this journey.

Unfortunately, the “burden of this experience” has not yet been shared.

Whereas, while under a court order, the government of Canada has failed to produce millions of documents regarding the Indian Residential School System for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) and the TRC therefore has been unable to uncover details surrounding the treatment or students, movement and disappearance of children, and corroborate testimonies in court and recordings,

Whereas, historian Ian Mosby in July 2013 published research that First Nations communities – and specifically thousands in residential schools – were unknowing subjects in biomedical experiments in malnourishment between 1942-52, this is precisely the kindof history the TRC has been tasked to uncover. Due to the failure of the federal government, however, the question of how many more events like this took place remain,

We, the undersigned, believe that it is time to fully live up to the promises in the federal government’s apology for Indian Residential Schools. We believe it is time to accept the responsibility for our shared history and work to uncover the complete history of Canada’sresidential schools. We believe it is time for us all to face what happened during one of themost violent policies in this country’s history.

We believe it is time to take a journey of honesty together.

We demand that the federal government, without any further delay or conditions, release all documents pertaining to Indian Residential Schools to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada immediately.

We also demand that the federal government commission a national inquiry into the biomedical experiments performed by government officials on First Nations communities in order to fully inform the public on the extent on this project and investigate the legacies of its impact.

On Thursday, July 25, we join together with Canadians, newcomers, and Indigenous peoples from all walks of life in reflecting upon and taking action to respect Canada’sapology for the Indian Residential School System. We ask that the federal government ofthis country take these first steps towards reconciliation and join us.

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