CHARLIE ANGUS' LETTER TO SUPPORTERS - SEPTEMBER 21, 2018
"Without justice for St. Anne's Residential School, there can be no justice or reconciliation in Canada." - Charlie Angus
This one is hard to write.
This week we learned that the office of Carolyn Bennett spent millions of dollars fighting the survivors of St. Anne's Residential School. At issue is the fact that Justice Department officials suppressed thousands of pages of police and court evidence of brutal crimes. And when we exposed this cover-up, the government responded with a brass-knuckle legal strategy to try and silence the survivors.
I have spent years working with these survivors. It has been an emotionally harrowing journey because these people have suffered some of the most horrific child abuse and torture ever documented in this country. And yet I have been deeply moved by their dignity and determination to get justice.
WE WILL NOT STOP UNTIL JUSTICE IS DONE.
Please watch my question where I ask Carolyn Bennett why she has spent so much money fighting people whose only crime was that they were Indian children.
Here is a good backgrounder on the decision by government officials to suppress evidence and hide the names of the perpetrators of abuse, torture and child sexual rape.
Last spring, I facilitated a meeting between the survivors and Minister Bennett. Survivors wept openly as they spoke of their desire to end these legal battles. The Minister assured them justice would be done.
Carolyn Bennett broke that promise. As survivor Angela Shisheesh says, "She lied to me."
These actions make a mockery of the Prime Minister's promise of reconciliation.
I encourage you to email Minister Bennett regarding her willingness to employ such brutal tactics against the survivors. If you prefer to send a letter by mail, here is the address:
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Terrasses de la Chaudière
10 Wellington North Tower
Gatineau QC K1A 0H4