Kamloops (News 1130) – First Nation is not interested in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology for not responding to his invitation to attend an event marking the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, unless Leads to meaningful change.
A statement from First Nation in Kamloops, B.C., said Trudeau’s lack of response to his letters last month was “an unfortunate decision and a missed opportunity” to show the nation he supports residential school survivors and those Committed to doing what never returns home.
“His presence would have demonstrated to the world his personal commitment to implementing real change and correcting the historical wrongs of the residential school system and personally supporting the grieving Indian residential school survivors.”
Trudeau was got an invitation To mark the day with the survivors and their families of the residential school in Kamloops from Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, where the remains of 215 children discovered earlier this year.
“The lack of response to our invitations was an added insult, as he never extended his personal hand of sympathy to our community after hearing the official announcement on May 27, 2021” – Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc
“It was a mistake to travel that day,” Trudeau Saud said. “This is an important moment for Canada and Canadians to reflect not only on the past but also on the present. It was my fault in choosing to travel that day, and I straightaway (Tk’) for not attending that event. emlups te Secwépemc) apologized to Chief Casimir, to which he had invited me.
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Trudeau’s initial public travel schedule showed that he was in “private meetings” on the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. Later updated to reflect his actual location.
Reports of Trudeau’s visit coinciding with the historic day drew widespread backlash from Indigenous leaders and communities, who felt it was disrespectful for the prime minister not to attend events to honor those who were once from residential schools. had not returned.
“Reconciliation begins with action. There is a need for genuine action and change that supports healing, the revitalization of our language, culture, traditions and ways of knowing. We are not interested in apologetics who move toward institutional and pervasive change. Do not move,” reads Thursday’s statement from Tk’emlups te Secwépemc.
It is calling on the federal government to provide funds to support local survivors and the generations that follow.
“With the findings of KIRS (Kamloops Indian Residential School), survivors are triggered and overwhelmed with sadness, grief and anger. Even those who have made great strides in their healing journey, They’ve got a setback too.”
It says an indigenous medical center in Kamloops will “address this mental health crisis.”
The nation is also calling for full disclosure of records kept by the Government of Canada relating to student attendance records at KIRS.
“Those primary documents, which are currently in the custody of the Government of Canada, will be of vital importance to identify those lost children.”
With files from Nikita Martins, Sonia Aslam and Hana May Nassar