Canada NDP motion to see Commons recognize residential schools as genocide fails
Conservative MP blocked motion to label residential school experience as genocide, NDP MP says
A motion seeking unanimous consent in the House of Commons to recognize residential schools as genocide was torpedoed by a lone Conservative MP, according to the NDP MP who tabled it. Winnipeg Centre NDP MP Leah Gazan said Conservative MP John Barlow, who represents the riding of Foothills, rejected her request to call on the federal government to label the residential school experience as a genocide. "It's an unfortunate act by John Barlow that he decided to vote against this motion and certainly the Conservative Party, who continue to deny genocide," Gazan said. "This was an opportunity.
OTTAWA — An NDP motion calling on the federal government to recognize the residential schools policy pursued by Canada for over a century as genocide against Indigenous Peoples was unsuccessful.
NDP MP Leah Gazan asked fellow lawmakers to unanimously acknowledge the institutions' history as the deliberate, systematic destruction of a cultural group.
The motion did not receive unanimous consent, and therefore was not adopted by the House of Commons.
It was not immediately clear which parties or MPs disagreed with allowing the motion to stand, as a recorded vote is not held for motions that require unanimous consent to be adopted.
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In a tweet published this afternoon, Gazan says it was Conservative MP John Barlow who denied consent for the motion, and she criticized the Conservative party.
When asked about whether she would support the motion Wednesday, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett pointed out the prime minister has acknowledged the 2019 finding of the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls that "what happened amounts to genocide."
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 10, 2021.
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In 2009, the TRC asked the federal government to help fund investigating the location of gravesites where residential students are believed to be buried. The request was denied.More than 10 years ago, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), asked the federal government to help fund a series of projects that would identify burial site locations of children at Canadian residential schools.