June 2nd, 2015

NDP statement on the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair issued the following statement regarding the release of the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission:

“The release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report is a landmark moment in Canada’s reconciliation process. Today, our country is trying to turn the page on the many dark years and to move forward towards a better future for all peoples.

“As Canadians, we must all learn more about this sombre chapter in our history. We will not forget the testimonies and we will remember the children who never made it home to their families. The NDP remains determined to repair the broken relationship with Indigenous peoples, which is the result of inaction by previous governments at the nation to nation level.

“Canada must show leadership and we must ensure that formal apologies made in 2008 were not in vain. The government must act immediately in the areas of education, child protection and health care in order to put an end to the inequalities and sorry legacy of residential schools.

“We are determined to act upon the report of the Commission. We will consult with Indigenous people and establish which of the recommendations require the most pressing attention.

“Let us undertake to always pursue the truth, and to work together towards healing and reconciliation.”