Debates of the Senate (Hansard)

2nd Session, 39th Parliament,
Volume 144, Issue 69

Thursday, June 12, 2008
The Honourable Noël A. Kinsella, Speaker

Apology to Students of Indian Residential Schools- Representatives of Aboriginal Community Received in Committee of the Whole

Senator Jaffer: Thank you for coming here today and addressing us. I am truly humbled by your words.

You said we were looking forward. In looking forward, I want to bring another issue in front of you. I am a more recent Canadian. When we come to a new country, we adapt to the culture of the new country. Yesterday was an important day. It was a day of reconciliation for all Canadians. I believe that new Canadians will now have the opportunity to share a rich culture that we have not been part of. I am an Ismaili Muslim, and my religious leader, the Aga Khan, has studied healing circles carefully. He has advised us that after divorces, we should learn from the Aboriginal people about what healing circles are. As a small community, we need to heal. Today, I want to say that you also have work to do in our great country. You must share your great rich culture with all Canadians.

The Chair: If no one wishes to respond, Senator Joyal can proceed with his question.


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