We demand the resignation of Senator Lynn Beyak and issuance of a formal apology.

Shamus Baier
Shamus Baier 839 Comments
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NDP MP Romeo Saganash is calling on Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak to resign after comments she made about residential schools.

Saganash, the Member of Parliament for Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou, is a residential school survivor.

"It is clear that the schools have been, arguably, the most damaging of the many elements of Canada’s colonization of this land’s original peoples and, as their consequences still affect the lives of Aboriginal people today, they remain so."
—John S. Milloy, A National Crime

“I speak partly for the record, but mostly in memory of the kindly and well-intentioned men and women and their descendants — perhaps some of us here in this chamber — whose remarkable works, good deeds and historical tales in the residential schools go unacknowledged for the most part,” Beyak said Tuesday in the Senate.

Her statements minimize the experiences of thousands and thousands of aboriginal children who were ripped away from their families (many by police officers who had a duty to protect them from harm), forced to learn English (or French), not allowed to speak their own mother tongue, not permitted to participate in their culture and traditions, not permitted to practice their faith, raped, sodomized, beaten, underfed, and not provided proper medical care, to name just a few of the sins that were inflicted whether or not by “well intentioned religious teachers” or paedophiles without a single good intention. This forced integration and the denial of the child’s culture, language and customs was done under threat of torture and actual torture.

Beyak, who lives in Dryden, Ont., is a member of the Senate committee of Aboriginal Peoples. She was appointed to the Senate in 2013 by former prime minister Stephen Harper.

It's not the first time Beyak has made controversial remarks. On Feb. 28, she questioned the need to add protection for transgender people in the Canadian Human Rights Act and advised people in the LGBTQ community not to draw attention to themselves, citing friends of hers.

If you believe that it is unacceptable for a Canadian Senator to trivialize one of the darkest chapters of Canadian history, then sign the petition and contact her directly at lynn.beyak@sen.parl.gc.ca or phone the senate (1-800-267-7362) and demand her resignation.

  • natalie wilson
    natalie wilson Canada, New Westminster
    Sep 21, 2017
    Sep 21, 2017
    When will the Senate vote to expel Lynn Beyak? (She does not deserve the title of Senator). Andrew Scheer refusing to kick her out of caucus... Disgraceful!
  • Judi Harker
    Judi Harker Canada, Wembley
    Sep 18, 2017
    Sep 18, 2017
    If she's not part of the solution, then quite obviously she and other like-minded people are part of the problem and have no business holding such a high position in our government.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Sep 18, 2017
    Sep 18, 2017
    It is unacceptable to having a Senator that clearly shows either ignorance on the ethnic cleansing committed by the Government wit the residential schools.
  • Robert A Sinclair
    Robert A Sinclair Canada, Winnipeg
    Sep 17, 2017
    Sep 17, 2017
    As a member of the Cree Nation, I take my rights seriously to vote and make my opinion heard so she has no right to say I'm not a citizen.
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