Open Letter to The Right Honourable Prime Minister Trudeau
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To The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Dear Prime Minister,
On 16 February 2017 the House of Commons, with your support, passed a motion apologizing to the British Home Children (BHC).
On behalf of the few surviving BHC and Child Migrants (CM), their descendants, all BHC groups and the many others who have worked tirelessly and unselfishly towards gaining recognition for this very deserving group of people; we humbly convey our sincere and heartfelt thank you to you, Sir and all members of the House of Commons, who supported the motion presented in the House of Commons. Many descendants around the world have posted through social media, comments of gratitude and support for the apology made in the House of Commons in February.
Our work is by no means complete. There are very few BHC/CM left in Canada. For these few and all descendants, what an achievement it would be for them to hear an official apology, from their/our Prime Minister. Within the past ten years the Prime Minister of Britain and Australia have made a sincere and genuine apology to the Home Children and their descendants. It is our hope that the few BHC/CM here in Canada will live long enough to hear you, Prime Minister Trudeau, make an official apology, after many decades of contributing selflessly to their new country. Anyone who knows and understands the information of the BHC scheme knows that an apology is long over due here in Canada. They would also recognize and acknowledge the contribution this group of Canadians have made to our beautiful country.
As a father yourself, it must be unimaginable to consider any circumstance, where your children would be shipped away from your country and put to work in another land.
Additionally we humbly request that the contribution made by the thousands of BHC/CM in the First and Second World Wars, to be recognised by Veterans Affairs Canada. We would hope with the encouragement of the Canadian Government this chapter in our history will be integrated and taught at all levels of education across Canada.
It would be a fitting tribute for the Federal Government to follow the lead of Ontario and Nova Scotia. Ontario has legislated September 28th - British Home Child Day and Nova Scotia proclaims September 28th - British Home Child Day. Once again through social media many descendants across Canada are asking why their provinces don't have a BHC Day.
We are grateful that we are able to say that not all BHC/CM were mistreated in Canada. Children found good and loving homes from people who truly captured the spirit of Canada. For these examples of Canadians caring for Canadians, we are eternally thankful.
With all due respect Prime Minister Trudeau, on behalf of all BHC/CM and their descendants we implore you to take action and offer a genuine and sincere apology to the few living BHC/CM and to the descendants. An apology given where survivors and family members can be in attendance. If you would like to discuss this in person I am available at your request.
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