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CanadaMetis veterans await apology from PM

22:46  10 march  2019
22:46  10 march  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A leader of the Metis National Council has asked Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay to act quickly to ensure an apology is issued to Metis veterans from the Second World War before it’s too late. In a letter to the minister, the council’s vice-president, David Chartrand, says an apology to

The Manitoba Métis community recently lost another Second World War veteran who did not receive recognition and justice before his death The federal government and the Métis Nation were closing in on an agreement with the support of former veterans affairs minister Seamus O’Regan, Chartrand said.

Metis veterans await apology from PM © Provided by Canadian Press David Chartrand, president of the Manitoba Metis Federation, takes part in a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday March 8, 2013. The Metis National Council enlisted a convicted sex offender in 2011 to work with survivors of residen

OTTAWA - The vice president of the Metis National Council is urging Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay and his staff to ensure an apology is issued soon to Metis veterans from the Second World War.

In a letter to the minister, David Chartrand says an apology to veterans who were "disrespected" and "ignored" must happen soon because veterans are nearing the end of their lives.

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Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is the department within the Government of Canada with responsibility for pensions, benefits and services for war veterans . But there are things that a motivated government can do to fix this. Metis veterans await apology from PM .

The council's vice-president, David Chartrand, says an apology must happen soon because surviving veterans are nearing the end of their lives.

Chartrand says the Manitoba Metis community recently lost another Second World War veteran, who did not receive recognition and justice before his death.

He also says the federal government and the Metis Nation were close to reaching an agreement under former veterans affairs minister Seamus O'Regan.

O'Regan was moved out of the portfolio and into Indigenous Services during a January cabinet shuffle.

MacAulay's office says it plans to speak with Chartrand and the Metis National Council in the near future on the issue, adding the minister remains committed to "appropriately recognizing" Metis veterans for their courage and sacrifices.

Canada needs a public inquiry into its treatment of veterans.
Veterans and their families need to tell the story of how they have been repeatedly stigmatized, marginalized, betrayed and abandoned by the government system they were willing to die defending. If this sounds familiar, it is. Canada's Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoplesfrom 1991 to 1996 and later, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, engaged government as well as Canadians nationwide. They chronicled the stories, promises, problems and policy changes in a comprehensive, methodological way, as well as provided blueprints for change going forward.

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