“Trade your status card for a Canadian citizenship,” writes Beyak

Canadian Senate chamber - Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Senator Lynn Beyak is making national headlines again.

The Ontario conservative senator has urged Indigenous people to trade in their status cards for Canadian citizenship.

She came under fire earlier this year for her remarks about Residential schools, and now has sparked outrage from comments in an open letter on her Senate website published September first.

“None of us are leaving, so let’s stop the guilt and blame and find a way to live together and share. Trade your status card for a Canadian citizenship, with a fair and negotiated payout to each Indigenous man, woman and child in Canada, to settle all the outstanding land claims and treaties, and move forward together just like the leaders already do in Ottawa,” wrote Beyak.

In the letter, she also says that all Canadians are free to “preserve their cultures in their own communities, on their own time, with their own dime.”

Crown Indigenous Affairs Minsiter Carolynn Bennett told CTV news that Beyaks comments are “simply offensive,” while NDP leadership candidate and Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus took to Facebook calling Beyak a
“a paid right wing troll.”

As of Wednesday Senator Beyak was standing by her on-line post, saying the letter stands.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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