“This is beyond unacceptable. The government of Canada is once again preparing to fight First Nations children in court,” National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Perry Bellegarde said in a statement Friday.
Just when common-sense Canadians thought the absurdity of Justin Trudeau’s Liberals could not become more extreme, we find Mr. Trudeau & Co. apologizing for wrongs done to Inuit by the government of Canada from 1950 to 1975.
Where was this standing up for Indigenous rights when it came to the mould and tainted water crisis facing First Nations? Where was the commitment to reconciliation when the people of Grassy Narrows asked for a mercury treatment centre? Or clean drinking water in Attawapiskat?
A state of emergency has been declared in the northern Ontario community of Attawapiskat after tests showed its drinking water had potentially dangerous levels of byproducts from a disinfection process. “Residents are being advised to limit their EXPOSURE to the water — including showers — and to NOT USE use the water to wash food.”
Colonial genocide is a slow-moving process. Unlike the traditional paradigms of genocide, which took place in determined periods of time and were characterized by mass killings, colonial destruction of Indigenous peoples has taken place insidiously and over centuries.
In 2016, Justin Trudeau voted against a Conservative motion declaring ISIS atrocities as genocide. So did the rest of the Liberal Caucus. Yet, just this week he was more than willing to label the domestic crimes committed against Indigenous women an act of Canadian genocide.”
Huffington Post Canada sat down with Giller Prize-winning author and aboriginal activist Joseph Boyden backstage at We Day where he spoke to thousands of students in Toronto. (This week, he endorsed Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau for prime minister.) Link To Article