National Day of Reconciliation

Today is the 1st anniversary of the historic apology from the Canadian Government to survivors of residential schools, and today on Parliament Hill and across the country people gathered to press for action.

Aboriginal people have rights that are not being realized and upheld. Poverty, homelessness, lack of social support and unemployment, need not exist if government policies and priorities were clearly directed.

How shameful that billions have wasted in corporate tax breaks while many Aboriginal people live in appalling conditions. This must be our united cause and this must be our priority to ensure that all people in our country live in dignity and with hope for the future.

I applaud the courage of the women who are leading the Walk4Justice from Vancouver to Prince Rupert to draw attention to the tragedy of the missing and murdered women Your dedication and stamina is inspiring.