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Sinclair offers true reconciliation, Beyak should show same respect

Senator Murray Sinclair told The Hill Times last week: 'One of the aspects of reconciliation, which I have espoused from the beginning of my tenure as a Senator, and during my time as chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, is that, in order for us to achieve reconciliation, we have to recognize that there are obligations on both sides of the discussion. Obligations on the part of Indigneous people, and obligations on the part of non-Indigenous people, to figure out how to come together.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Independent Senator Murray Sinclair is one of Canada’s leading experts on reconciliation. As the former head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 2009 to 2015, he led the team that documented 7,000 statements from survivors of the notorious Indian residential schools across Canada. The schools, which ran from the 1870s to 1996, were legally mandated by the federal government and run by churches across the country to forcibly remove First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children between the ages four and 16 from their families, and existed in order take away the children’s language and culture. It’s estimated 150,000 children were removed from their families and between 3,200 and 6,000 children died at the schools.

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Feds say too early to talk opening Canada-U.S. border, but experts push for plan

News|By Neil Moss
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News|By Alice Chen
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News|By Neil Moss
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Ontario ISG Senator Rosemary Moodie says the new group shows the ‘significant investment’ the Senate is putting into pursuing ‘meaningful improvement.’

Lone wolf MPs break down what it’s like to be a region’s solitary party voice

News|By Alice Chen
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Senate eyes filling The Chambers as renovation plans progress

More interim office space will be needed to house Senators who are set to be displaced by future renovation projects in the Parliamentary Precinct.

UNDRIP law a ‘game changer’ for reconciliation, says AFN’s Bellegarde, calling for accelerated plan in two years

Requiring free, prior, and informed consent is not a veto, says a former judge, it’s about how the government ‘operationalizes’ its approach to projects early on.

Duelling Liberal, NDP conventions a pre-election glimpse into campaign readiness

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News|By Abbas Rana
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