June 8th, 2021
NDP pressures Liberal government to stop fighting Indigenous children
MPs support NDP motion calling on Justin Trudeau’s government to stop fighting Indigenous children in court
New Democrats forced a vote in parliament this week on their call for the government to stop its legal action and take concrete steps toward real reconciliation with Indigenous people. The motion was supported by opposition parties but many Liberal cabinet members, including the Prime Minister, did not show up to vote.
“The majority of parliamentarians voted in favour of our motion for the government to stop its legal battles against Indigenous children. Now it’s up to the Liberals to follow the will of parliament and of Canadian people,” said Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP, Carol Hughes. “Indigenous people shouldn’t be made to wait any longer. The government needs to address injustice and systemic racism now.”
Many members of the Liberal cabinet including the deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland, and the Prime Minister, chose not to participate in today's historic vote to seek justice for Indigenous people.
The NDP motion called on the Liberals to end their legal battle against First Nation children and accept the findings of the Human Rights Tribunal. New Democrats have also been pushing the Liberals to stop fighting St. Anne's Residential School survivors in court.
In addition to ending these legal proceedings, New Democrats are asking the Liberal government to implement all of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions’ Calls to Action and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls report’s Calls to Justice.