Moderator’s response to Senator Lynn Beyak’s comments on residential schools

During a Senate debate on March 7, 2017, Senator Lynn Beyak made comments concerning the Indian residential schools system. These comments, which were widely reported in the press, have the potential to cause great harm to survivors of residential schools and to undermine the crucial work that the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) have put before all Canadians.

Indigenous peoples and organizations have responded to Senator Beyak’s comments. As one of the parties responsible for the operation of residential schools, The United Church of Canada also feels a responsibility to respond.

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