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Media Advisory: The Honourable Lynn Beyak meets with Sioux Lookout Mayor’s Committee on Truth and Reconciliation


Sioux Lookout, ON

– Earlier this year the Sioux Lookout Mayor’s Committee for Truth and Reconciliation issued a statement on comments by Senator Lynn Beyak on Indian Residential Schools. The Committee closed those comments with an invitation to Senator Beyak to meet with the Committee in Sioux Lookout to discuss her comments in the Senate and how a Senator of Canada can have a positive impact on reconciliation. Senator Beyak graciously accepted the Committee’s invitation and the meeting took place on July 11th in the Meno Ya Win Health Centre Traditional Healing Room.

The overall discussion was very respectful in nature. Committee members who had been personally traumatized and impacted by the Indian Residential School system told truths that moved all those present at the meeting, and affirmed the abuses the Senator had acknowledged in her Senate speech. Senator Beyak was open to discussing the need for an independent evaluation of the 2007 Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement in its entirety. Her speech had also proposed a consultation with indigenous youth and the Committee agreed, that youth should indeed be asked what they want for the future of Canada.

The Senator and the Committee appreciated the opportunity to meet and to have had these constructive discussions.