November 28, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – National Chief Robert Bertrand of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) will be attending Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s formal apology to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit peoples living in Canada, their families, partners and communities, for unjust treatment as a result of federal legislation, programs and policies. This landmark apology will be delivered by the Prime Minister today in the House of Commons.
Beginning in the 1950s, thousands of federal employees were fired on the basis of their sexuality. This so-called “national security” purge would continue into the 1990’s. The federal government has stated that they will earmark over $100 million to compensate LGBT civil servants whose careers were damaged or terminated due to their sexuality.
“CAP wholly supports Prime Minister Trudeau’s apology. It seems almost inconceivable today that Canada both initiated and supported such a prejudicial mechanism against LGBT Canadians, including Indigenous People”, says National Chief Bertrand.
“CAP prides itself on maintaining a welcoming and non-discriminatory policy towards all its employees. I am glad that the federal government has made the conscious decision to address another dark chapter in its history so that Indigenous and non-Indigenous people may continue to move forward together in achieving true reconciliation” concludes Chief Bertrand.
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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.