Prime Minister tells UN of plight of indigenous people in Canada

By Alexander Panetta THE CANADIAN PRESS UNITED NATIONS, N.Y.- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used the brightest stage in international politics to shine a light on the darkest corners of Canada’s story on Thursday, devoting a speech at the United Nations General Assembly to the plight of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. He spoke of forced migration, broken treaty promises and family separations via residential schools. These left a devastating legacy on reserves to this day, in a country whose very existence, he said, came without the consent and participation of the Indigenous populations who lived there for millenniums. “For Indigenous peoples in Canada, the experience was mostly one of humiliation, neglect and abuse,’’ he said. “There are, today, children living on reserve in Canada who cannot safely drink, or bathe in, or…

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