Further to February 7, 2019 Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
April 9, 2019
Treaty One Territory, Manitoba
April 2, 2019
Honourable Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
80 Wellington St.
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,
RE: BILL C-92 AND MANITOBA FIRST NATIONS-SPECIFIC LEGISLATION BRINGING OUR CHILDREN HOME ACT
Further to the February 7, 2019 letter, we write you today in order to voice our concerns with Bill C-92 An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children, youth and families, and ask that you support Manitoba First Nations-specific legislation Bringing Our Children Home Act.
What we find very problematic about Bill C-92 is that by proposing this bill, you and Minister Seamus O’Regan made the decision to impose a Western value system and an arrangement to negotiate our rights as First Nations. This is reflective in this Liberal government (along with previous Conservative and Liberal governments) proposing and enacting numerous legislation that has been consistently passed without our consent.
We as First Nations have suffered through systemic racist policies like the Indian Residential School system, the Sixties Scoop, and various other policies. We understand that the government have attempted to rectify this through their numerous apologies. But Bill C-92 is still a reflection of dangerous paternalistic policies of the past. Government policies have created core trauma that we as First Nations continue to live with today.
Enclosure: Read the Comparative Analysis of Bringing Our Children Home Act (BOCHA)
and An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Metis children, youth and families also known as Bill C-92