Protesters demand probe into Canada indigenous schools

Author: AFP

Hundreds of protesters in Canada’s capital called on Saturday for a probe into a boarding school system for indigenous children, as outrage built after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at several of the facilities.

Until the 1990s, some 150,000 indigenous, Inuit and Metis youths were forcibly enrolled in the schools, where students were physically and sexually abused by headmasters and teachers who stripped them of their culture and language. “Indigenous Peoples need truth and justice,” MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq wrote on Instagram.”That means a special prosecutor and a fully-funded independent investigation, with international observers present, into Canada’s crimes against Indigenous Peoples,” she added, calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Justice Minister David Lametti “to stop making excuses” and launch a probe. The demonstrators gathered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa after two lawmakers from the left-wing New Democratic Party (NDP) called for a protest.

The NDP called on Trudeau’s government in early July to appoint a special prosecutor to lead an independent investigation into the country’s painful history of residential schools for indigenous children. “People have been shocked by the number of graves that have been found… These are not accidents, these are not tragedies they represent a policy that was about the destruction of a people,” NDP lawmaker Charlie Angus told public broadcaster CBC. Since late May, more than 1,000 unmarked graves were found near former residential schools — discoveries that have outraged the country. Thousands died at the schools, and many were subjected to physical and sexual abuse, according to an investigative commission that concluded the Canadian government engaged in “cultural genocide.” More than 4,000 died of disease and neglect in the schools, according to a commission of inquiry that concluded Canada had committed “cultural genocide.”

Share
Leave a Comment

Recent Posts

  • Pakistan

New Zealand called off tour due to the fake emails from India: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: On Wednesday, while holding a press conference, the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting…

15 mins ago
  • Pakistan

Farrukh welcomes ADB forecast about Pakistan’s economy

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib on Wednesday welcomed the Asian…

35 mins ago
  • Pakistan

PM Imran khan says EMVs will resolve every problem

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister while addressing the ceremony of Performance Agreements’ signing said that before the…

1 hour ago
  • Pakistan
  • Sindh

Foolproof security to be ensured for Chehlum: orders IG Sindh

KARACHI: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh Mushtaq Mahar has ordered the concerned officials. He…

1 hour ago
  • Pakistan

PAF trainer aircraft crashes near Mardan

A small trainer aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force crashed on Wednesday near Mardan during…

2 hours ago
  • Pakistan

PM Imran extends warm wishes to Justin Trudeau on election victory

ISLAMABAD: On Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan extended warm wishes to his Canadian counterpart Justin…

2 hours ago