Amid Condemnation, Justin Trudeau Visits Indigenous Communities in Kamloops

After being heavily criticized for missing previous events, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday visited an indigenous community in British Columbia’s Kamloops, where about 200 unmarked graves were found at the site of the former boarding school last spring.

“I am very grateful to Kukpi Casimir for welcoming me here today to listen to survivors firsthand, learn how to behave in the future. After September 30th he could have rejected me and the federal government. People here can just say ‘we don’t need him (Trudeau.red) anymore. But he still contacted me, asking me to come and study; and we will walk this path together. That’s why I came today.”

Trudeau was previously criticized for not visiting the community on September 30 during several key events in the “First Day For Canadian Truth and Reconciliation” series.

“It’s not just about words, it’s also about actions. I am happy to confirm to the Tk’emlups community that we will continue to work together on important issues to restore this country, which this community has been talking about for a long time.” (em / jm)

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