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.