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Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Senator Lynn Beyak’s comments against the verity of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) stating that Indian Residential Schools had "kindly and well-intentioned men and women...whose remarkable work, good deeds and historical tales in the Residential Schools go unnoticed" are an affront to all the work that the TRC undertook under the leadership of Senator Murray Sinclair while he was the Chair of the TRC;
  • By posting letters she received supporting her views on Residential Schools, it contradicts Survivors experiences;
  • Her comments epitomize the privileged position that she occupies;
  • She has said she "suffered with them up there. I appreciate their suffering more than they'll ever know" and "The best way to heal is to move forward together. Not to blame, not to point fingers, not to live in the past." and these comments are detrimental to First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Residential School Survivors, their families and all Canadians; and
  • She has a lack of respect for the over 150,000 First Nation, Inuit and Metis children who were forcibly ripped from their homes and communities for over 110 years. Over 6000 of these children never left these schools as they died in them.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to request for the resignation or dismissal of Independent Senator Lynn Beyak due to her lack of empathy for all Indian Residential School Survivors, their families, and all Canadians.

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