This week marks the second week of a coroner’s inquest into the suicide epidemic in Nunavut. More than 450 people have committed suicide since the territory was created in 1999. Many of those who take their lives are young people. One boy was only 11 years old. His grandmother testified that the boy was distraught over the murder of his sister.
Suicide and murder are two of the many issues First Nations, Métis and Inuit face at a much higher rate than other Canadians, all as a result of the legacy of residential schools. A legacy that was studied in depth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission over a number of years.
Both the Liberals and the NDP have promised to hold an inquiry into the more than 1,100 missing and murdered Indigenous women, but that is just one of the 94 recommendations handed down by Justice Murray Sinclair and the Truth and Reconciliation handed down in June of this year.
While Conservative Leader Stephen Harper rejected two of the TRC’s recommendations when the report was released, both the Liberal and NDP leaders said they would work with the document for aboriginal peoples.
So where are the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in this election campaign?