Remove Alan Lagimodiere as Minister of Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations

Remove Alan Lagimodiere as Minister of Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations

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Mark Smith started this petition to Premier Brian Pallister and

Just minutes after he was sworn in, Manitoba's new minister of Indigenous reconciliation and northern relations, Alan Lagimodiere stated that those who ran residential schools believed "they were doing the right thing." 

Lagimodiere said his understanding of the residential school system was that it was meant to give Indigenous children the skills they needed to fit into society. "From my knowledge of it, the residential school system was designed to take Indigenous children and give them the skills and abilities they would need to fit into society as it moved forward." 

Lagimodiere was then interrupted by celebrated provincial leader, NDP Leader Wab Kinew, who said he could not accept Lagimodiere's comments, which appeared to be defending residential schools. "It was the expressed intent of residential schools to kill the Indian in the child," Kinew said. "It is not cultural relativism, it is not revisionist history, for us to say that that was wrong." 

Kinew went on to say that Lagimodiere can't defend residential schools if he wants to work with Indigenous communities. "We all know that that was wrong," Kinew said.

Alan Lagimodiere does not have a remote understanding of the cultural genocide that took place on these lands, in this country, in this province.

He is wildly unfit to take on this position Manitoba Minister of Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations. His remarks on July 15 show his incompetence on this subject matter and by signing this petition, you are stating that you feel there is a much better person that can and should be appointed in this role. 

Arlen Dumas, who was re-elected as grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs this week, said he was alarmed and disappointed by Lagimodiere's comments. 

"There's an opportunity here to speak to these things in a truthful and meaningful way," he said. 

"And to have someone just use revisionist history and develop this lens that's completely uninformed and uneducated and make these bland statements is very problematic."

The province of Manitoba can not move forward with Alan Lagimodiere's leadership. 

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