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e-312 (Immigration)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Lori Oschefski from Barrie, Ontario, on July 28, 2016, at 1:55 p.m. (EDT)
keywords
British Home Children
Immigration and immigrants
Official apology
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the House of Commons

Whereas:
  • 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.
Humber River—Black Creek
Liberal
Ontario
Petition presented to the House of Commons on December 7, 2016 (Petition No. 421-01028)
Government response tabled on January 30, 2017 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-08)
Open for signature : July 28, 2016, at 1:55 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : November 25, 2016, at 1:55 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
37
British Columbia
70
Manitoba
12
New Brunswick
7
Newfoundland and Labrador
3
Nova Scotia
17
Ontario
338
Prince Edward Island
7
Quebec
16
Saskatchewan
14
Yukon
1
Other Countries
16
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