Manitoba authorities is ‘rewriting historical past,’ former senior bureaucrat says – Winnipeg |

Manitoba government is ‘rewriting history,’ former senior bureaucrat says - Winnipeg |

2021-07-19 05:39:50

Two Indigenous males have stop their positions on Manitoba financial growth boards within the wake of controversial remarks by Premier Brian Pallister and a cupboard minister.

The resignations of Jamie Wilson and Darrell Brown type the most recent chapter within the rising fallout from Pallister’s feedback on Canadian historical past, which have drawn widespread criticism.

“As a former treaty commissioner for Manitoba and member of Opaskwayak Cree Nation, I can’t assist this authorities’s rewriting of Canadian historical past,” Wilson wrote in a textual content message Sunday.

“It was clear to me that I’ve to get away from any connection to this (Progressive Conservative) occasion,” Darrel Brown mentioned in an interview.

Till final week, Brown served on the government-appointed board of administrators of the Rural Manitoba Financial Improvement Company, which offers assist to companies and communities in southern Manitoba.

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Wilson was board chair of an identical company within the north, the Communities Financial Improvement Fund.

Wilson beforehand served as a deputy minister in two departments underneath the Progressive Conservative authorities and was the treaty commissioner for Manitoba, heading up a physique arrange by the federal authorities and the Meeting of Manitoba Chiefs.

A spokesperson for the premier’s workplace couldn’t instantly be reached for remark Sunday.

The resignations got here roughly one week after Pallister criticized protesters who had toppled statues of Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria on the legislature grounds. Pallister mentioned individuals who got here to Canada, each earlier than and after it was a rustic, got here to not destroy something however to construct communities, church buildings and companies.

His feedback have been criticized by Indigenous leaders as minimizing the dangerous results of colonialism. Pallister defended his feedback, saying he by no means talked about colonialism and as a substitute meant to get throughout the concept that Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals typically labored collectively to construct Canada.

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Two days later, Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister Eileen Clarke stop her cupboard put up. She mentioned many Manitobans are disenchanted with their representatives and added that she and different cupboard ministers had not been listened to.

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Pallister appointed a alternative for Clarke final Thursday — Alan Lagimodiere, who created extra controversy inside an hour of being sworn in. Lagimodiere defended a few of the intentions behind residential colleges and mentioned they have been initially aimed toward educating abilities to Indigenous youngsters.

He took again his remarks later that day and, sooner or later later, issued a full apology and requested for forgiveness.

Lagimodiere’s preliminary remarks have been the “ultimate straw,” mentioned Brown, who is looking for a change on the high of the Progressive Conservatives.

“They want new management and a greater understanding of … Indigenous points,” Brown mentioned.

Pallister’s caucus members haven’t criticized him, however there have been indicators that some are actually prepared to interrupt away from the federal government’s usually centralized communication technique.

Three elected Tories posted statements on social media final week to clarify their opposition to residential colleges.

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“I’ll by no means stand behind phrases that add harm to traumatized individuals,” Conservation and Local weather Minister Sarah Guillemard posted on Twitter.

“Residential colleges have been designed to erase a tradition.”

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Households Minister Rochelle Squires mentioned she was troubled by “latest occasions and feedback” though she refused to elaborate.

Tory backbencher Shannon Martin mentioned he needed to clear up any “confusion” by saying residential colleges have been designed to erase Indigenous cultures and, in too many situations, lives.

The subsequent Manitoba election is slated for October 2023 though Pallister has hinted he could go away effectively earlier than then.

He was requested repeatedly, throughout a year-end interview with The Canadian Press final December, whether or not he was dedicated to serving out his full time period. He replied every time by saying he would keep on to see the COVID-19 pandemic by.

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