Senator Lynn Beyak stands by residential school remarks, cites ‘fake news’ – Politics – CBC News – She also said they support her calls for an audit of all money “flowing in and out of reservations, and talks with grassroots indigenous people,” she said.
“Which Indigenous people are your friends?” Independent Senator Patrick Brazeau said in an email sent to all Senate offices in response to Beyak’s statement. “As a former national chief, this is important to me.”
Beyak said she would not be resigning from the Senate nor would she give up her seat on the Senate’s Aboriginal Peoples committee. The chair of the committee, Liberal Saskatchewan Senator Lillian Dyck, had asked Beyak to consider resigning from the committee Thursday out of fear her comments could tarnish its work.
Petition We demand the resignation of Senator Lynn Beyak and issuance of a formal apology. – NDP MP Romeo Saganash is calling on Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak to resign after comments she made about residential schools.
Saganash, the Member of Parliament for Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou, is a residential school survivor.
“It is clear that the schools have been, arguably, the most damaging of the many elements of Canada’s colonization of this land’s original peoples and, as their consequences still affect the lives of Aboriginal people today, they remain so.”
—John S. Milloy, A National Crime
“I speak partly for the record, but mostly in memory of the kindly and well-intentioned men and women and their descendants — perhaps some of us here in this chamber — whose remarkable works, good deeds and historical tales in the residential schools go unacknowledged for the most part,” Beyak said Tuesday in the Senate.