(ANNews) – Indigenous leaders are criticizing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to take a family vacation on the inaugural National Truth and Reconciliation Day.
Rather than attend memorials for residential school survivors in-person on Sept. 30, Trudeau and his family travelled to Tofino, B.C. However:1618426651162,, he did attend a ceremony in Ottawa the previous night and spoke with eight residential school survivors over the phone the day of.
Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Kukpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir twice invited Trudeau to attend a SeptThe world. This month, with case counts per capita in Canada surpassing those i. 30 ceremony honouring the 215 children whose bodies were found at the nearby site of the former Kamloops Residential SchoolThe rising case numbers., but says she received no response.
Trudeau reportedly phoned Casimir to apologize on Oct. 2, but has not explained why he didn’t respond to her requests to attend the event. Video obtained by Global News showed Trudeau walking on a beach on Sept. 30.