Trudeau should have visited First Nation during Saskatchewan stop: Indigenous leaders – The Toronto Star

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Jan. 16, 2023

SASKATOON – The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations says it is dismayed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not visit the First Nation where a child’s bone was found at a former residential school site.

The Star Blanket Cree Nation announced last week that a fragment of a child’s jawbone was unearthed and ground-penetrating radar found 2,000 areas of interest.

Trudeau, who was at a rare earth elements processing plant in Saskatoon on Monday, called the discovery of the partial remains heartbreaking.

The prime minister said he spoke with the First Nation’s chief Friday about ongoing support from the federal government.

Federation Chief Bobby Cameron said the prime minister should have gone to the First Nation northeast of Regina in person to show respect to survivors. Not being there shows those in the community that their suffering isn’t valued as much as a tour of the processing plant, he said.

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