Ontario’s only MPP who attended Residential School, not consulted in yesterday’s announcement


Ontario’s only MPP that attended Residential School was not apprised in advance of yesterday’s announcement that Ontario will invest $10 Million to investigate former Residential School burial sites.

In a tweet, Mamakwa called out Greg Rickford, stating, “[Rickford] told me I would be briefed about the announcement.  This did not happen.”

The announcement of funding allocated to the investigation of the grounds of former Residential Schools came from the growing requests for funding and logistical support from Indigenous communities.

Sol Mamakwa, is a NDP critic for Indigenous and Treaty Relations and MPP for Kiiwetinoong.  He is also the only MPP that attended a Residential school.

“I am stunned by this government’s lack of understanding and respect,” Mamakwa shares.

Greg Rickford is the MPP for Kenora-Rainy River, and the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs.

After emphasizing the need for this work to be guided by Indigenous communities, leaders and organizations, Rickford failed to inform MPP Mamakwa, in advance, regarding the announcement.

Rickford has not responded to Sol Mamakwa’s allegations.


  1. There was human remains found under the old Bag House during the demolition of the Paper Mill. Sault College & Algoma University swept in, set up a parameter & blocked access to the area for two weeks.. they gathered up all the ‘evidence’ & we never heard from them again.

    Have we learned nothing from our past.. we can not trust our government or their agents to ‘investigate’ themselves. These are NOT burial sites.. they’re crime scenes & we can not allow them to use a ‘Big Bag of Money’ as a distraction to cover up the atrocities committed.

    These are War-Crimes.. not an unfortunate event, but an ongoing state-sponsored Genocide.

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