PETERS – Instead of honouring Indigenous children, the PM flew by

(Image: CFJC Today)

MAYBE YOU DIDN’T AND DON’T want Justin Trudeau to come to Kamloops.

That’s fair. There are plenty of reasons residents would want him to stay away.

But the Tk’emlups te Secwepemec wanted him to come.

They sent two invitations to the prime minister’s office, offering him the opportunity to work meaningfully toward truth and reconciliation by being present with survivors and intergenerational survivors, hearing their stories and seeing their tears.

On Wednesday, the eve of the first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the prime minister’s official itinerary said he would spend Thursday in private meetings in Ottawa.

Then Thursday, Global News revealed Trudeau was in Tofino, his holiday destination of choice, with his family.

And he flew right over Tk’emlups territory to get there.


 James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

For more information:

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

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  • Indian Residential School Survivors Society Toll-Free Line: 1-800-721-0066
  • 24hr National Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
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3 Comments on PETERS – Instead of honouring Indigenous children, the PM flew by

  1. Trudeau would spend his life on a string swinging every which way, if he were to try to satisfy all the ego driven requests code his presence.

  2. Sometimes in demanding schedules, political people are required to make tough choices. Add to that load the fact that the Trudeau family gets little private time….give it a break..there was nothing urgent in Kamloops, ,only the inflation of the local ego….deal with it.

  3. “Trudeau tweeted Thursday that he spent time on the phone with Indigenous elders, listening and learning. That’s good, but also absolutely the least he could do. Leaders should do more.”

    Do you really think Erin O’Toole would have spent the day here,
    had he been elected PM? Really?

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