QUÉBEC CITY, Dec. 15, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, Geoffrey Kelley, Minister responsible for Native Affairs, wished to highlight the tabling of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's report.
"The Commission has done remarkable work, and its report marks the beginning of a new phase in the reconciliation process between Canada's peoples. We hope that the voices of survivors, which are so important to our collective history, will be heard by all Quebecers. The Québec government is committed to working with the federal government, to make every effort to address the situation and ensure Aboriginal Peoples enjoy living conditions and a future corresponding to their legitimate aspirations. We are ready to take action," said Minister Kelley.
The Québec government intends to act and adopt the complementary measures that best correspond to the specific needs and realities of Aboriginal peoples. "We are listening and wish to quickly make the necessary changes, in keeping with the expectations set forth by the Aboriginal nations, as was the case with the report presented this week by Quebec Native Women. I am convinced these reports mark the beginning of a period of renewal in the history of our relations with Aboriginal nations. The winds of change are blowing."
Minister Kelley also emphasized the continued discussions surrounding government commitments, including improved integration of Aboriginal history into Québec teaching programs and declaring a month dedicated to Aboriginal Peoples, in partnership with Aboriginal leaders. The Minister also mentioned that, since the incidents in Val-d'Or, considerable effort has been made to adapt health, social and socio-judicial services to better meet the needs of Aboriginal peoples living in urban environments.
About the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's mandate is to inform all Canadians of what happened in the residential schools for Aboriginal peoples. Over the past few years, the Commission has heard testimony from survivors, their families, communities and anyone personally affected by the residential school experience. This includes former Inuit, Métis and First Nations residents, their families, their communities, church representatives, former residential school staff, the government and other Canadians. The Commission's goal was also to guide and inspire Aboriginals and Canadians in a process leading toward reconciliation and renewed relationships based on mutual understanding and respect.
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