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Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, talks with protesters at a meeting of Canadian premiers and national aboriginal leaders in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, on Wednesday July 15.

Canadian Premiers Back All 94 Truth and Reconciliation Recommendations


The premiers of all 10 provinces and three territories in Canada have pledged to implement all 94 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) recommendations stemming from the scathing report that the panel issued in June, which called the nation’s residential schools program “cultural genocide.”

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Among the many revelations in the report: More than 6,000 of the 150,000 children taken from their families and forced to attend boarding schools from the late 1800s until the early 1990s had died, with many of the deaths undocumented and the students’ fates unknown to their families.

Other children suffered years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, on top of being cut off from their cultures and families, forbidden to speak their native languages. The 381-page report included 94 recommendations that would help the nation move forward as a whole. Today, 80,000 former students survive.

“It’s a very serious matter [and it] was moving for us,” Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Paul Davis said after meeting with indigenous leaders on July 15. “We support the 94 calls for action and as premiers we will lend leadership in our own provinces to ensure that we take action on these recommendations that are pertinent to our own jurisdictions.”

He and others also noted the glaring absence and inaction of the federal government at the meeting, which took place in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, preceding the premiers’ two-day Council of Federation meeting that began on Thursday July 16.

“Unfortunately, right now, it is our . . . collective belief, that the federal government should very much be engaged in this process and at this point in time, they are not,” said Davis, according to the Toronto Star. “We wanted them to offer leadership and join us as partners and provide that leadership and, unfortunately, that hasn’t happened.”

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde expressed satisfaction with the meetings’ discussion, which also included the scourge of missing and murdered aboriginal women that plagues the nation. The absence of federal representatives was felt keenly when it came to violence against aboriginal women, said Dawn Lavell-Harvard, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

“It is an insult to the memory of those women and girls that they’re not here. It is an insult to the concept of democracy that Canada is based upon that we are all here. There is no Canada outside of the provinces and territories, so the federal government needs to be part of this discussion,” Lavell-Harvard told the Star. “I think it’s appalling and it’s a slap in the face to the memory of those girls, those women, who have gone missing, who have been murdered, and to those families that are still struggling to cope with that, wondering where their family member is.”

The participants also talked about energy policy, the economy, education, revitalizing indigenous languages and the disproportionate number of First Nations children who find their way into the child welfare system.

“Action and implementation––and that’s what I heard today, the premiers at various levels in their provinces and territories are implementing some of those actions already, which is good, and I just called on them to continue to build upon those recommendations,” Bellegarde told the Toronto Star.

“We will together, jointly, make this happen,” Davis said at a news conference following the meeting with the heads of five national native groups, according to the Canadian Press. “They’re important commitments that we need to follow up on.”

Bellegarde, too, noted the absence of federal government officials.

“Everything we talked about today is about closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples,” Bellegarde said in a statement. “The operative words are action and implementation. There are some positive developments underway in the provinces and territories but the federal government is the key player missing from the table. If we’re going to make Canada the best country it can be then the federal government needs to be with us every step of the way. All of us here today want the federal government to honor its responsibilities and join us at these tables.” 

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‘YOU’ Committed, &/or, Enabled Secret 'Cultural Genocide' Against Aboriginal Canadians’, or, Was it Corporate Canada’s (The Canadian Establishment’s) Secret 'Cultural Genocide' Committed Against Aboriginal Canadians’? Truth & Reconciliation between: Native & NON Native Canadians AND the Government of Canada, corporate Canada', et al. • Pope Francis May have ‘Difficulty Apologizing to the PM Harper for Residential Schools’ Abuses while PM Continues to Blame & Punish Those Who He Has Been Deliberately Deprived of the Info including the EU? Other Religious Leaders may have similar Difficulties. • What are the various different ways that All Canadians can prevent Secrecy whether it be Human Rights Abuses like The Residential Schools, or, Civil Rights Abuses like the ‘foreign’, &/or, ‘domestic’ treaties? • Quis custodiet ipsos custodies? (Who Will Guard the Guards?) The Redesigned & Elected Senate? • Designer ‘Racism’; Do the Feds Thrive on Continuing to Make Secret Deals with Native & non Native groups in order to Play Both Sides Off of Each Other? • At the time of The Residential Schools abuses & ‘Cultural Genocide’, was the Secrecy surrounding it more, or, less than the secrecy that is now surrounding the TPP & the flurry of Global Treaties/'Arrangements'; Corporate Canada, The Canadian Establishment & their Media Still Resolute & Without any Remorse? • The Basis for Legislation that Protects All Canadians from the Canadian Establishment, its Secrecy (Treaties/’Arrangements) & Continuing to Play the Most Vulnerable Native Community members off of the Most • Do the Global Corporate Leaders really want to Sign Treaties/'Arrangements' (CETA, TPP, C-CIT/FIPA, et al) with Corporate Canada’s Pariah Prime Minister (Pay for The WAD Accord's Compensations, etc.) & Being Deprived of Due Diligence Info? • Vulnerable non Native Community members; Designer ‘Racism’. Private Citizens’ Bills to Off-Set Secretive Sinecure Senate. (CAN) At the risk of annoying Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin & the Justices of The Supreme Court of Canada while they consider the merits of: ‘The Submission’ to The SUPREME COURT of CANADA: ‘The SHAREHOLDERS & Corporations of AMERICA, Japan, the EU, Canada, the Trans Pacific nations, et al v. the harmless Canadian NON shareholders, both; Native & non Native, et al’ (see; davidehsmith.wo¬ including 'The MERKEL (Chancellor of Germany) Letter; To Sue, or, Be Sued?' (see; davidehsmith.wo¬, would it be more accurate if the Chief Justice said that it was corporate Canada & its associated religious & governmental leaders that attempted 'cultural genocide' on Aboriginal Canadians as opposed to saying the vague remark that is was ‘Canada’ that attempted the aforementioned 'cultural genocide'? And, what other nations are, &/or, can be, implicated as a consequence of being co-signatories to the recent flurry of Global Treaties/'Arrangements' with Canada? *** Prime Minister Harper; 'Blaming & Punishing Those Who Have Been Deliberately Deprived of the Info’; ‘Inquiry’ Settlements Protect Gratified Rapists, Pedophiles, et al; Courts Only Forum for Justices, Guilt & Reconciliation. RECONCILIATION between: Native & NON Native Canadians AND the Government of Canada & corporate Canada'. Excerpts are from "TOWARDS A MORE INFORMED OPINION regarding the Environmental Impact& Context of the Enbridge's Northern Gateway (Pipeline) Project (NGP), et al" by DEHS. (Last Edited; Nov., 2014) "It is also in the spirit of reconciliation between the most vulnerable Native & non-Native Canadians, et al, that seems that most Canadians are insulted for being blamed for PM Harper deliberately depriving non-Native Canadians, & the world court of public opinion...of the information...& then have the "bright idea" of blaming the good people of Alberta, et al, who have been deprived of the information...Therefore, once again the governments are covering for those who need to continue to benefit from the deprivation of the information. And, this time Canadians are being deprived of the information embodied in the comprehensive version of The WAD Accord, etc., at the peril of the most vulnerable Canadians; the info deprivation is continuing to cost hundreds of billions of dollars. I would also like to thank those members of First Nations communities, et al, who are trying to help make non-Native Canadians, et al, aware of the problems created by the lobbying process, particularly, at the level of the federal government that has resulted in the present "diasporas'" fear regarding their suggesting alternatives, improvements, etc., to the Aboriginal political process... And, in the spirit of the reconciliation of the First Nation in Canada & the people of Canada, I think that it is a very appropriate place to apologize on behalf of: 1) the (individuals &) group of Canadians that were, amongst other things, sexually "satisfied", &/or, gratified, et al, by their abuses in The Residential Schools that caused the compensation, et al, whether the abuse was; a) sexual, b) physical, c) psychological, d) racial, e) cultural, f) religious, et al, & /or, g) et al, 2) the Canadians that, not only caused the environment that permitted the abuses, but, also deprived the Canadian public & the world of the information about the abuses for so long, including; a) the executives of the relevant political parties of Canada, b) the relevant lobbyists, if any, & c) their political representatives sitting in the Parliament of Canada, for continuing in their attempts to off-load their responsibility & their guilt on to the information deprived public. Is it regrettable, or, convenient that the Canadian inquiry looking into the Residential Schools abuses deprived the public of the large amount of information that could have been elucidated by plea bargaining defendants in any adversarial, criminal prosecutions? Furthermore, this protection afforded by inquiries, in general, as opposed to criminal prosecutions, provides a great deal of succour for those who are the direct beneficiaries of the information deprivation as it enables the "deprivers" to continue to assist their global associates in their associates' quest to acquire, manage, control & transport the natural resources that are continuing to be found in Canada...” *** For the FULL ARTICLE, see; Google: PART 4 - ENBRIDGE'S NGP; ‘TOWARDS A MORE INFORMED OPINION...; Enbridge's Northern Gateway (Pipeline) Project... by David E.H. Smith, or, see; ________________________________________ Also see; Google; ‘HELP IS ON THE WAY? U.N.’s Mr. Anaya, et al; 'IGNORAMUS et IGNORABIMUS' & ‘The W.A.D. Accord’ & its Compensation. *** For the FULL 'Submission' to the Supreme Court of Canada, see; The Supreme Court of Canada ________________________________________ For more Information & Questions re; The Relationship between Human (Nature) Rights & Economics by way of the TTIP, the CET Agreement, TPP, C-CI Treaty, et al, and The WAD Accord & List of RECENT ARTICLES, LETTERS& NOTIFICATIONS by DEHS, see;