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e-312 (Immigration)

Initiated by Lori Oschefski from Barrie, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • Many Home Children /Child Migrants and their descendents have been victimized by an immigration policy that unfairly and systematically uprooted families and sought to sever essential yet basic extended family ties;
  • Many Home Children /Child Migrants were thrust into difficult and inappropriate personal living circumstances exacerbated by a belief that they were unwanted by parents and, as a result, denied access to siblings and/or other relatives;
  • Many Home Children /Child Migrants and their descendants have protected, preserved and advanced Canadian society through public, military and civic service despite the abuses, maltreatment, stigmatization and ostracization that many Home Children suffered from the general public in Canada;
  • Official apologies have already been extended to Home Children /Child Migrants by the governments of Britain and Australia; and
  • Home Children /Child Migrants and their descendants are deserving of a similar apology from the Government of Canada.
We, the undersigned, Citizens and Residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to offer an unequivocal, sincere and public apology to those Home Children /Child Migrants who died while being ashamed of their history and deprived of their family; to the living yet elderly Home Children /Child Migrants who continue to bear the weight of that past; and to the descendants of Home Children /Child Migrants who continue to feel the void passed down through the generations while continuing to search out relatives lost as a result of a system that victimized them under the guise of protection.
Government response tabled on January 30, 2017 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-23-08)
Open for signature
July 28, 2016, at 1:55 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
November 25, 2016, at 1:55 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Judy A. Sgro (Humber River—Black Creek)
December 7, 2016 (Petition No. 421-01028)
Government response tabled
January 30, 2017
Photo - Judy A. Sgro
Humber River—Black Creek
Liberal Caucus
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