Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an announcement today in Kanata, Ontario on affordable housing, though questions post-press conference focused mainly on Canada and its relationship with Indigenous communities, following the discovery of yet another lot of unmarked graves near another residential school.
Earlier on Wednesday, Trudeau announced via social media that the Peace Tower in Ottawa would have its flag at half-mast in honour of "the Indigenous children whose lives were taken." Trudeau would follow up at the press conference by clarifying whether he would be celebrating Canada Day.
"[Xavier Trudeau] (his son) asked me if we were going to cancel Canada Day because of the residential schools. And I told him, 'it's going to be a day where yes, we will celebrate the great things about this country, but we will mostly reflect on the work that we all have to do as individuals, and as institutions, to be better. To be more like the country we like to image we are.'"
"As we celebrate, whether it's Stanley Cup victories, fingers crossed... Or Canada Days, or other events that make us proud to be Canadians, we have to know that not everyone is going to be celebrating tomorrow. and understanding their pain and their anger, and reflecting on that... to as a Canadian, think about how I can bend this curve towards justice and reconciliation," said Trudeau.
"That's what this Canada day, I think, will be about for a lot of families. It's certain what it will be about for my family."
The prime minister would go on to say that he believed that the Catholic Church was "in the midst of serious reflections on how it needs to move forward,
Trudeau said that Indigenous communities including Indigenous Catholics, as well as non-Indigenous Catholics, such as himself, were wondering what the Catholic church would do. He would go on to say that he hoped the pope would eventually come to Canada and apologize for their role in that part of Canada's history.
Trudeau recently called for the pope to do just that, saying that he spoke to Pope Francis about the importance of apologizing.
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