First Na­tions sta­tus com­ment ‘ig­no­rant’

Calgary Sun - - NEWS - — The Cana­dian Press

WiN­NipeG — the mayor of Win­nipeg is calling for the res­ig­na­tion of a se­na­tor who wants in­dige­nous peo­ple to give up their sta­tus cards in ex­change for Cana­dian ci­ti­zen­ship.

brian bow­man said the com­ments by Con­ser­va­tive Sen. Lynn beyak are dam­ag­ing to the coun­try’s rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. if she won’t quit, he said, she should be bet­ter ed­u­cated and un­der­stand that in­dige­nous peo­ple are in­deed Cana­di­ans.

“to have a mem­ber of the Cana­dian Se­nate be so in­cred­i­bly ig­no­rant about who Cana­dian ci­ti­zens are is deeply of­fen­sive,” bow­man said thurs­day. “at a min­i­mum, she should be apol­o­giz­ing to Cana­di­ans — all Cana­di­ans.”

a let­ter signed by beyak, and posted on her web­site Sept. 1, says: “None of us are leav­ing, so let’s stop the guilt and blame and find a way to live to­gether.

“trade your sta­tus card for a Cana­dian ci­ti­zen­ship, with a fair and ne­go­ti­ated pay­out to each in­dige­nous man, woman and child in Canada, to set­tle all the out­stand­ing land claims and treaties, and move for­ward to­gether just like the lead­ers al­ready do in Ottawa,” beyak wrote. “all Cana­di­ans are then free to pre­serve their cul­tures in their own com­mu­ni­ties, on their own time, with their own dime.”

the se­na­tor from north­west­ern On­tario made head­lines ear­lier this year for say­ing “some good” came out of Canada’s res­i­den­tial schools.

BoW­maN Wants res­ig­na­tion

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