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STATEMENT BY THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF STATUTORY HUMAN RIGHTS AGENCIES OF CANADA'S MOTIONS ON THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SYSTEM

OTTAWA, February 6th, 2015 – The Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA) acknowledges the importance of reconciliation in addressing the legacy of the residential school system in Canada's history through educational efforts and redress. CASHRA recognizes that the imposition of the residential school system directly violated the human rights of Indigenous peoples.

At its most recent mid-year meeting in November 2014, the members of CASHRA unanimously passed two motions.

In one motion, CASHRA urges the federal, provincial and territorial governments to work with Indigenous peoples to increase educational awareness of residential schools, in the spirit of reconciliation. The motion calls for mandatory educational curricula in all elementary and secondary schools and post-secondary institutions in Canada that truthfully describe the history of residential schools and the policy's continuing legacy, Treaty relationships and constitutionally-protected Aboriginal and Treaty rights.

The second motion supports the full resolution of the legacy of the residential school system through government redress mechanisms, related to residential and day schools and Métis, Inuit and First Nations students excluded from the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. CASHRA urges Canada to accept its jurisdictional responsibility by addressing the discriminatory impacts of the residential school system. This includes establishing redress mechanisms in partnership with Métis, Inuit and First Nations peoples that provide measures equivalent to those provided under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Such measures would promote reconciliation by acknowledging that these students also experienced human rights violations based on colonial and racist beliefs.

Should you have questions or if you would like additional information, please contact the National Aboriginal Initiative of the Canadian Human Rights Commission by e-mail at nai-ina@chrc-ccdp.gc.ca.

View the CASHRA Motion On The Residential School System

View the CASHRA Motion To Recognize Indigenous Students Excluded from Indian Residential School Settlement

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