With the news of children being found in unmarked graves around residential schools throughout Canada, we have an opportunity to truly understand and reflect upon our legacy of colonization. This includes residential schools that were designed to “kill the indian in the child” and assimilate us, as it was believed that we were in the way of advancing the economic agenda of Canada. Residential schools were seen as one way to eliminate what the Canadian government defined as the “indian problem”. It is a system that enforced the violent kidnapping of our children for no other reason but for being who we are as Indigenous peoples in all our beauty, resiliency, brilliance, and strength.
As we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, our minds and hearts remain taken by the news about children who continue to be found around residential schools. It is a constant reminder of Canada’s violent colonial history with Indigenous peoples that continues today.
WINNIPEG – Earlier today, the Liberal government voted against an NDP motion that would provide dental coverage to millions of Canadians who cannot afford dental care. The NDP proposal would have allowed 6.7 million people in Canada whose household income is less than $90,000 a year to access the dental services they desperately need.
In July, Justin Trudeau's Liberal government will cut the Canadian Recovery Benefit (CRB) for almost 2 million Canadians who depend on it to pay for groceries, rent and bills by $800 a month.
Treaty 1 Territory and Homeland of the Metis Nation, Winnipeg, MB—Tomorrow, NDP MP Leah Gazan will ask for unanimous consent in the House of Commons for the federal government to recognize what happened at Canada’s Indian Residential Schools as an act of genocide.
Today, Liberal cabinet members chose not to vote on an NDP motion calling on Justin Trudeau’s government to stop fighting Indigenous children in court. New Democrats have been calling on the government to stop legal action and, instead, take concrete steps toward real reconciliation with Indigenous people.
After being left out of the Liberal budget, the NDP want to reassure Canadian seniors that unlike the Liberals, New Democrats will keep fighting for them and make sure they are not forgotten.
Today, New Democrats are urging the government to support their proposal to provide dental coverage to millions of Canadians who can’t afford a visit to the dentist. The NDP plan, brought forward today by NDP MP Jack Harris, is completely costed by the Parliamentary Budget Officer and would benefit 6.7 million people in Canada whose household income is less than $90,000 a year.