The Minister of Family of Manitoba is “deeply disturbed” by the recent comments, reflecting on her role in reconciliation
The Minister of Family of Manitoba said she was deeply disturbed by the recent incidents and was committed to reconciliation after her government’s new Minister of Indigenous Reconciliation came under fire for commenting on boarding schools.
Rochelle Squires said that as a Canadian and a provincial cabinet minister-and her grandson is also an Aboriginal-she is very concerned about reconciliation.
She said in a statement to CBC News: “I just want my grandson and all the indigenous people to live in a brave country, accept the terrible facts that have happened, and promise to do better.”
“As a result, I am deeply troubled by recent events and comments. I am taking time to reflect, listen to the conversation, and better understand my own responsibility for reconciliation.”
Minutes after being sworn in as the province’s new Minister of Reconciliation and Northern Relations on Thursday, Alan Lagimodiere said that those who run boarding schools believe “they are doing the right thing”.
Last week, Governor Brian Pallister also came under fire for suggesting that Canada’s colonization was done in good faith. Lagimodiere’s predecessor, Agassiz MLA Eileen Clarke, resigned from the cabinet after Pallister’s comments.
The Prime Minister took a firm stand in Thursday’s comments, saying he was paying tribute to Canadians and former Canadian builders.
At a press conference on Friday morning, Minister of Mental Health Audrey Gordon stated that she supports the Prime Minister and Raj Modier, saying that the latter’s comments on the boarding school were “not what he intended to convey” .
She said that she also respected the leader of the New Democratic Party, Wabu Kinho, and he immediately confronted Raj Modier’s remarks openly.
“I think everyone should have a chance to say what they think, and I think he did it,” she said.
After that confrontation, another member of the Manitoba PC core team, McPhillips MLA Shannon Martin, said on Twitter that he should not be confused about the legacy of the boarding school.