March 28, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is deeply troubled by comments from Senator Lynn Beyak about residential schools.
“It’s comments like these that illustrate the need for more education,” says Congress of Aboriginal Peoples National Chief Robert Bertrand. “This kind of ideology is unacceptable.”
Earlier this month at the Senate’s Aboriginal Peoples Committee, Senator Beyak defended the residential school system saying the “good deeds” accomplished by “well-intentioned” religious teachers have been overshadowed by negative reports documented by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Yesterday Senator Beyak defended her comments saying she suffered along with Survivors and doesn’t need further education on the matter.
“These comments are completely insensitive towards residential school survivors,” says CAP National Chief Bertrand. “The attitudes reveal how far reconciliation lies and how much work still needs to be done.”
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The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is the national voice representing the interests of Métis, status and non-status Indians, and Southern Inuit Indigenous People living off-reserve. Today, over 70% of Indigenous people live off-reserve.