Those camped out on the lawns in front of the Saskatchewan Legislature in Regina are not pleased with the provincial government’s lack of action since their meeting earlier this month.
The meeting, held on July 2nd, in Fort Qu’Appelle, saw protesters at the Justice For Our Stolen Children camp present provincial government ministers with a list of actionable items to follow up, one of those items being an inter-ministerial body involving ministers from all capacities.
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“We feel without even an agreement to a roundtable that that’s going to have a profound impact on the children we’re trying to help,” said Gaylene Henry.
Camp spokeswoman Robyn Pitawanakwat also spoke, saying there’s a massive disconnect between what the province is saying and what they’re seeing on the ground.
“The responses that we were given by the Ministry of Social Services, very specifically, are not accurate,” she said. “The things that they say they are doing, they are not doing and we are here to say that we recognize that they are not doing these things. And we want to see the evidence that they claim they have, that they are doing this work.”
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Another one of the speakers today included Edmund Bellegarde, the Chief of the Fort Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council. He’s been speaking with the provincial government on behalf of the campers.
He said this is an issue of ineffective public policy.
“Canada, it’s time. Saskatchewan, it’s time, to have a more effective public policy that includes Indigenous led solutions.”
Bellegarde said in terms of what the camp has said to the provincial government in response, nothing has been said as of yet and discussions on that will take place in the coming days.