Inclusion of Labrador Inuit Experience, Full Land Claim Implementation, Key to Reconciliation for Inuit
June 02, 2015
National Inuit Leader Terry Audla, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), offered his full support to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) this week in Ottawa, as the TRC released a package of findings resulting from its six-year examination of the history and legacy of the residential school system in Canada.
Audla will also issue two Inuit-specific calls to action aimed at securing recognition for the residential school survivors of Nunatsiavut, who were excluded from the Settlement Agreement, and at securing full implementation of five constitutionally entrenched Inuit land claims agreements.
“I call on the Government of Canada to uphold the honour of the Crown and take immediate action to recognize survivors of residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Inuit region of Nunatsiavut. I call on all parties to the Settlement Agreement to continue to pursue full recognition for these survivors until we have fulfilled our collective promise to them,” Audla said.
“I call upon the federal and provincial governments to uphold the promises of our land claims agreements, the main goals of which are to restore Inuit society to our pre-contact prosperity and self-sufficiency. Let’s stop using politics as a barrier. The political decisions were made when these agreements were negotiated and signed. Now, it’s a matter of fulfilling those commitments – for our children and grandchildren,” he added.
As part of his remarks today, Audla will deliver an Inuit Statement of Reconciliation, and formally presented the TRC Commissioners with a copy of the Statement. It will become part of the permanent record of the TRC.