CN finally acknowledges “complex history of railways’’ after mass resignation of Indigenous advisory council

By Shari Narine, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter It took the resignation of its entire Indigenous advisory council for CN Rail to acknowledge “the complex history of railways and the role they played as instruments of colonial policies, as well as the intergenerational economic, cultural, and social effects that these policies have had on Indigenous communities.’’ CN issued its formal acknowledgement Monday, just after the 12 members of the council tendered their resignations en masse. The acknowledgement also stated, “We are grateful for the privilege of working and residing on these lands and recognize and honour their original people?’’ Council co-chairs Roberta Jamieson and Murray Sinclair said in a prepared statement to Windspeaker that “an acknowledgement is a start, but it is not an apology. “We can see Indigenous people want…

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