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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is making a renewed push for the federal government to take concrete steps toward reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, calling on Ottawa to drop a pair of Federal Court appeals he says represent a “belligerent” approach to justice for First Nations children. The demand, in the form of an opposition day motion, comes as the country reels from the discovery of an unmarked grave holding what are believed to be the remains of 215 Indigenous children at a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. Singh said symbolic gestures are not sufficient and the moment demands action, accusing Trudeau of hypocrisy in sympathizing with Indigenous communities while battling them in the courts. “People are in horror,” Singh said at a virtual news conference. “It is not good enough for the federal government to just express words of condolences, particularly when they are still fighting Indigenous kids in court.” The Liberal government is appealing a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling ordering Ottawa to pay $40,000 each to some 50,000 First Nations children separated from their families by a chronically underfunded child-welfare system.

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