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June 4th, 2021

REALITY CHECK: Justin Trudeau is fighting Indigenous children in court

Less than a week after the announcement of the discovery of 215 children found buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, Justin Trudeau began downplaying the history of discrimination by his own government.

Dripping with condescension and disdain, Trudeau dismissed criticisms against his government’s handling of Indigenous issues. In response to a correctly noted question that the Liberals have their hands full of lawsuits fighting Indigenous rights, Trudeau stated:

“Despite what some say, we are not fighting Indigenous children in court” - CPAC, June 4, 2021.

Here’s but a few recent examples as a quick reminder Mr. Trudeau:

HEADLINE: Ottawa has spent $3.2M fighting St. Anne's residential school survivors in court. CBC, November 20, 2020.

HEADLINE: Indigenous leaders launch $2.1 billion class-action lawsuits against Canada over lack of drinking water. The Narwhal, May 4, 2021.

HEADLINE: Ottawa agrees to certify 2 class action lawsuits over the treatment of First Nation children. CBC, September 3, 2020.

Or maybe Mr. Trudeau would prefer a more recent story to read:

HEADLINE: Ottawa says it's not liable for cultural damage caused by Kamloops residential school: court documents. CBC, June 2, 2021.

If Justin Trudeau doesn't want to fight Indigenous kids in court, he can stop. Today.

Canadians deserves better.