Demand the Canadian Government to encourage anti-Indigenous Senator Lynn Beyak to resign.
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Support Canada's efforts to address the damage that was inflicted on First Nations people. Stand up against Beyak's humiliating comments about First Nations people and what was done to them in residential schools.
Senator Lynn Beyak's views are "not just a condemnation of aboriginal people but anti-Canada… sabotaging our individual and the federal government’s efforts at reconciliation with Indigenous peoples", according to Lee Maracle, an author and professor of Indigenous studies at the University of Toronto.
The Conservative party of Canada has already removed Senator Lynn Beyak from their Senate Caucus and the National Conservative Party of Canada Caucus. "Racism will not be tolerated in the Conservative Caucus or Conservative Party of Canada.”
Party Leader, Andrew Scheer said the decision came down to Beyak’s refusal to take down letters of support for her (racist) comments on residential schools that she posted on her personal senate website in recent months.
Beyak also questioned the work ethics of indigenous Canadians, suggesting they are lazy compared to other Canadians, "who aren't always looking for handouts." Ontario NDP MP Charlie Angus called some of the comments “outright racist” and said publishing the letters on her Senate website was a form of “race-baiting.” And the NDP are asking Justin Trudeau to use his influence to have her resign her seat.
Ignorant of the fact that First Nations people born in Canada are already citizens of this country, Beyak published an open letter on her Senate website last September saying she believes First Nations people should give up their Indigenous rights and become Canadian citizens.
Condemnation and calls for her resignation are widespread and have come from two NDP MP’s, Romeo Saganash and Charlie Angus. Brian Bowman the mayor of Winnipeg, representatives of all parties in Parliament, First Nations leaders and scholars who have called Beyak’s actions both disturbing and embarrassing to the country.
Senator Beyak has added insult to injury since a speech made in a debate referring positively to a century of Canada’s residential schools for Indigenous children. Those schools have been condemned by the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a tool of “cultural genocide” and where thousands of Indigenous children endured widespread sexual and physical abuse.
“The letters that she is getting are espousing the same racist views that she is putting out there,” said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, whose group represents 49 First Nations in Northern Ontario. “It’s really disturbing, especially for a senator that is from our region. “If our goal is reconciliation in this country, then we are a long way if we have a senior official of the government posting materials like this.”
Please sign this petition and join voices with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas, the mayors of Edmonton and Winnipeg, several other senators, Liberal and NDP MPs, and scholars who have called for Beyak to resign.
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