Michael to premier: Take action for residential school survivors
NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) wants the provincial government to listen to the people forced to attend residential schools here, and take meaningful action toward ensuring aboriginal men and women across Canada are given justice for all they endured.
Michael spoke at a rally at Confederation Building at lunchtime, then brought the concerns of the protestors to the House of Assembly in Question Period.
“The report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is an historical document with 94 inter-related recommendations, neither one more important than another,” she said.
“I ask the Premier if he will unequivocally support these recommendations and work with the federal and aboriginal governments to ensure implementation of all of the recommendations?”
People who attended residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador were not included in the national settlement and apology, and are part of a class action lawsuit filed against the provincial government.
“I ask the Premier if he will do the right thing without any delay and call for a settlement of the class action law suit of the men and women who were forced to attend the residential schools in the province through mediation not a trial?” Michael said.
She says the Premier should also call on the government of Canada to do the right thing by signing on without restriction to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.