In the wake of the discovery of the bodies of 215 children at the former site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School last week, Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council issued a statement on Wednesday calling for greater recognition of the residential school system as an act of genocide.
The statement calls for the federal government to recognize the system as an act of genocide and requests that the Assembly of First Nations, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, the Southern Chiefs’ Organization and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak issue similar statements and lobby Parliament for recognition.
The federal government making that acknowledgement, the statement argues, would affirm Canada’s commitment to reconciliation.
"We are asking for acknowledgement what we, as First Nations people, went through with the Indian Residential School and how it effects our communities today," Chief Craig Alexander of Roseau River Anishinaabe First Nation Chair of Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council was quoted as saying in the release. "Acknowledging the Indian Residential School genocide will enable both Nations to heal together."
Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council is comprised of Birdtail Sioux First Nation, Dakota Tipi First Nation, Long Plain First Nation, Roseau River Anishinaabe First Nation, Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation, Swan Lake First Nation and Waywayseecappo First Nation.
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