Justin Trudeau to visit Kamloops, B.C. after skipping First Nation reconciliation ceremony

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Kamloops, BC on Monday, after failing to attend that community’s National Day of Truth and Reconciliation celebrations despite being in Tofino the same day.

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Trudeau will be meeting with Tk’emlúps nation chief Rosanne Casimir, among others, community members and First Nations leadership.

While there, the Prime Minister will listen to the survivors of the residential school and the survivors from generation to generation.


The First Nation community had invited him twice to mark Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, but he flew that day to Tofino, BC, and spent part of it vacationing with family. . He later apologized.

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Tḱemlúps te Secwépemc First Nation said Trudeau’s lack of response to attending the event was an “additional insult”.

“Reconciliation begins with action. Real action and change is needed that supports healing, the revitalization of our language, culture, traditions and ways of knowing,” First Nation said in a statement.

“We are not interested in apologies that do not lead to institutional and widespread change.”

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