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March for Justice: Protesters demand investigation into residential school burials

CA, 01 Aug 2021
Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, NDP MP for Nunavut and her colleague, Timmins-James Bay MP, Charlie Angus, joined protesters on Saturday as they marched from Parliament Hill to the Justice Department to demand the government launch a criminal investigation into the discovery of unmarked burial sites at former residential schools.

Protesters voiced their frustration in the wake of the discoveries by chanting “no justice, no peace” and “no pride in genocide.”

Qaqqaq told protesters Saturday’s march was “just the beginning,” adding, “this is about individuals who lived and continue to live through horrors, through traumas.”

“People want justice, we want a criminal investigation into the actions of the church, into the deaths of these children,” Angus said.

An estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis children were forced to attend residential schools and many survivors told the Truth and Reconciliation Commission stories of abuse they endured at the schools, including instances of starvation and harsh discipline.

Anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience can access the 24-hour, toll-free and confidential National Indian Residential School Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419.

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