Evening brief: ‘Correct the wrongs’


Good evening to you.

Canada celebrates the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in honor of survivors and Indigenous children who never returned home after being forced into the residential school system, along with their families and children. communities. It was one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.

Residential school survivors, elders and their families led the march as National Truth and Reconciliation Day ceremonies left Parliament Hill on Thursday, September 30, 2021 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press)

Hundreds of people gathered in a ceremony to mark the day on Parliament Hill, where Canadians were called to “right the wrongs” and “own their own truth” regarding the history of the Church. country. The people of this country must “know the history of this country and the corruption on which it is built,” said Wakerakatste Louise McDonald Herne, a bear clan mother for the Council of the Mohawk Nation.

“True reconciliation is learning, sharing and growing as a country,” said Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald, speaking at the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Nation, near the residential school by Kamploops. where the remains 215 children were found this year. “The more we know about our origins, our common history and our responsibilities, the better we can meet current challenges and find our healing path together. “

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Kúkpi7 Rosanne Casimir called on the federal government and the Catholic Church, which ran most of Canada’s residential schools, to put aside their “repeated” apologies and engage in real action and funds to promote healing. “Let’s all look at this hope for change to make a difference and to make sure every child counts. “

People gather on Parliament Hill for National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Ottawa on Thursday, September 30, 2021. (Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press)

On Twitter, the Nation Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc, said they had sent “two sincere invitations” to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to join survivors and their families today. Although it turned out he was in British Columbia, he did not attend. Although his official itinerary originally called for meetings in Ottawa, Global News reports that Trudeau spent the day vacationing with his family in Tofino. “Following his participation in last night’s ceremony marking the first National Truth and Reconciliation Day, he speaks today with residential school survivors from across the country,” said a spokesperson.

Today, some members of the indigenous community are evoking mixed feelings, with some members saying that while it is a good first step to formally recognize the genocide, there is still a long way to go to deliver justice.

Former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould spoke to CBC News this morning and said that while today is important, it will take more than symbols and words to achieve true reconciliation. “It’s one thing to see flags fly at half mast or kneel down and, you know, recognize the tragedies that we are going through across the country when it comes to the history of residential schools,” she said. declared. The stream Matt Galloway. “These symbols are important. But when we utter words, say rhetoric, or just take symbolic positions and don’t translate them into actions, it’s extremely problematic and the country suffers. “

Photo: Rideau Hall

As the daughter of a white father and an Inuk mother, Governor General Mary May Simon was not required to attend residential school. However, she became a “surrogate, a beloved surrogate” for parents of children who had been dismissed, leaving a “palpable void”. She shared some personal thoughts on the eve of the day and called on Canadians to make reconciliation “a way of life”.

Meanwhile in Quebec, Prime Minister François Legault refused to make today a public holiday because “we need more productivity”.

The latest episode of No Talking Points is live. Today we are talking about cabinet speculation and leadership issues. You can have a listen here.

As for television, experts say the Canadian public broadcaster should not air ads on election night. CBC ran ads during its election night coverage, which began after polling stations in Atlantic Canada closed at 7 p.m. EDT. The network receives over $ 1 billion from the federal government each year, and it is not expected to advertise on election night, said Chris Waddell, a professor of journalism at Carleton University and a former reporter at both the CBC and at Globe and Mail. “Once the advertising starts creeping in on election night, what’s the real difference between (CBC) and a private broadcaster? Surely the (CBC) can afford to host a program on election night. Rachel Emmanuel report.

When MPs return to parliament this fall, their immunization status will be a hot topic, but discussions about their return have yet to begin, federal party leaders say. The immunization status of deputies will be a “key element” in discussions on the return of parliament, a spokesperson for Pablo Rodriguez, the government House leader in the last session, said. “We believe that MPs who choose to set foot on the floor of the House of Commons and committee rooms should be fully immunized, unless there is a valid medical exemption,” said Simon Ross in a press release sent by email. The staff of Tory MP Blake Richards, who was the opposition House leader in the last Parliament, have confirmed that negotiations over their return have not started.

Yesterday, Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet said that there should not be a hybrid parliament and that any member who is not fully vaccinated should stay at home.

Blanchet also said he wanted Bill C-10, an Act to amend the Broadcasting Act, to be reintroduced into Parliament when the House returns this fall. The bill had been passed by the House of Commons in June and sent to the Senate, but had not yet been sent to committee for further study and possible amendments before the Upper House took its recess. summer. It therefore did not receive royal assent until the September 20 election. But Konrad von Finckenstein, former chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and former legal adviser to the Trade Negotiations Office, says Bill C-10, as currently drafted, should be scrapped. Janet Silver has this story.

Nearly half of all Canadians say high food prices keep meat from eating, according to a study from Dalhousie University in Halifax. Of the 10,000 Canadians surveyed by the school in September, nearly 50% said they had bought less meat products in the past six months because they were too expensive, according to the study released yesterday. Jeff Labine has this story.

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In other titles:

Court ruled that a step towards keeping more indigenous children out of foster care (global)
‘Ready to respond’: Ottawa reiterates its support for COVID-19 for Saskatchewan (CP)
Sask. Party MP resigns from caucus for “distorting his vaccination status” (Star-Phoenix)
Former PQ leader Boisclair waives preliminary hearing and will face sexual assault trials (CP)
Lawyer wants investigated into alleged threats of retaliation against MPP and CBC reporter by Lethbridge Police (CBC)
Rise in passenger misconduct fueled by pandemic is wreaking havoc among flight attendants (CPs)
Tory member attacking O’Toole leadership could be removed from party council (CBC)
Jason Kenney to face a management review in April (Globe)


It came down to the skin of their teeth, but members of Congress passed legislation to avoid a partial federal shutdown and keep government funded until Dec. 3. With a few hours to spare, consecutive Senate votes and then the House will help avert one crisis, but as the Associated Press reports, it will only delay another.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said the Taliban’s measures to educate girls in Afghanistan are “very disappointing” and “a step backwards”. At a joint press conference today with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, he called on the group to look to Doha on how to run an Islamic system. “We must continue to engage them and urge them not to take such measures, and we have also tried to show the Taliban how Muslim countries can enforce their laws, how they can deal with women’s issues,” Sheikh Mohammed said. . “… Our system is an Islamic system (but) we have more women than men in the workforce, in government and in higher education. “

In other international titles:

US general claims collapse of Afghanistan is due to Trump-Taliban deal (Al Jazeera)
Climate change: young people have ‘every right to be angry’, says UK Prime Minister (BBC)
US military suicides rise 15% as senior leaders call for action (AP)
Ethiopia orders the expulsion of 7 senior UN officials for “interference” (Al Jazeera)
Former Deputy President of Malawi shoots himself (Al Jazeera)
Former Nazi camp secretary, 96, arrested after skipping trial (AP)
Woman who survived Spanish flu, world war succumbs to COVID-19 in Connecticut (AP)

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Pitman Potter: China’s respect for treaty essential for renewed engagement

The kicker:

Finally today, on this National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we leave you with the words of the leaders.

Good night.

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