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e-3492 (Indigenous affairs)

Initiated by Matthew Antonitti from Ottawa, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

  • Canadians are grieving since learning of the remains of 215 Indigenous children found in a mass grave at the Kamloops Residential School;
  • This tragedy serves as a heartbreaking reminder of the pain Indigenous children, their families, and communities were subjected to through the residential school system; and
  • Canada’s Parliament must acknowledge and commit to reconciliation, including immediate action to address this tragic discovery.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations to develop a comprehensive plan to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action 71 through 76, by July 1, 2021, including these unequivocal commitments:
1. Funding the timely and urgent investigations of all former residential schools in Canada where unmarked graves may exist, including the existing site at the Kamloops Residential School;
2. Ensure that proper resources are allocated for communities to reinter, commemorate, and honour any individuals discovered through the investigation, according to the wishes of their next of kin; and
3. Develop a detailed and thorough set of resources to educate Canadians of all ages on the tragic history of residential schools in Canada.
Open for signature
June 4, 2021, at 3:19 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 4, 2021, at 3:19 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Eric Duncan
Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry
Conservative Caucus