The report of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) outlined in detail the condition and treatment of Canada's Indigenous peoples, including the plight of Indigenous children in residential schools.
The recent tragedy of 215 children discovered in an unmarked grave at Kamloops only serves to stress the seriousness of the need to acknowledge the past.
The airport in Montréal is named after a Prime Minister who was in office when a system of federally run residential schools were in operation. Many survivors suffered abuse during that time.
To acknowledge the past, and to honour the original Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabeg inhabitants of Montréal, we the undersigned request that Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport be renamed Montréal-Hochelaga International Airport, and that an appropriate commemoration of those inhabitants be housed permanently within the terminal.