The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Recognizes the Historic Motion in the House of Commons Unanimously Recognizing Residential Schools as a Genocide
October 30, 2022
Treaty One Territory, Manitoba
Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) is pleased with the unanimous recognition in the House of Commons of Canada’s residential schools as genocide.
Leah Gazan, the NDP member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, introduced the motion on October 27, 2022, where it received unanimous consent to call on the federal government to recognize residential schools as genocide. AMC is pleased to hear that the members of Parliament have unanimously recognized this truth. The AMC further hopes that the government of Canada follows suit, accepts its responsibility in honouring this truth, and makes real strides toward reconciliation.
“Today we recognize the achievement of acknowledgement of truth for those that attended Indian Residential Schools that they fought so long and hard to have heard across Turtle Island,” said Grand Chief Cathy Merrick. “We look forward to witnessing the next step in the process to have Canada formally recognize residential schools as genocide. I am grateful for the work of NDP member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, Leah Gazan, for her relentless efforts to bring this motion forward and her continuing effort to bring this to the Canadian government’s table to face the truth of its history.”