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e-257 (Immigration)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Sandra Joyce from Toronto, Ontario, on March 30, 2016, at 11:27 a.m. (EDT)
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British Home Children
Immigration and immigrants
Official apology
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the House of Commons

Whereas:
  • Over 100,000 British Home Children/Child Migrants, were systemically relocated from their British homeland to Canada, in order to indenture them as farm labourers and domestics as part of an unjust immigration policy;
  • These vulnerable British Home Children were severed from their families, many were physically and/or mentally harmed, and were stigmatized by Canadian communities meant to foster them;
  • Many descendants are unaware of this part of their heritage or are actively searching for the family they have been deprived of;
  • The Governments of Australia and the United Kingdom have issued formal apologies for their involvement in this child migrant scheme; and
  • Elderly yet surviving Home Children and the estimated four million Canadian descendants of Home Children deserve the same recognition in the form of a formal apology from the Canadian government.
We, the undersigned, Citizens and Residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to Issue an unequivocal, sincere and public apology to the elderly yet living British Home Children and all the descendants of Home Children. We seek this apology in order to acknowledge that this child migrant scheme is an important part of Canadian history and to recognize that it is a legacy that has roots in the harm and displacement of thousands of vulnerable children. An apology would ensure a higher profile for British Home Children, thus enabling the education of the public. An apology would help to heal the wounds of separated families and providing a chance for more people to discover their family history within the context of a proud Canadian culture.
Humber River—Black Creek
Liberal
Ontario
Petition presented to the House of Commons on October 25, 2016
Government response tabled on December 8, 2016
Open for signature : March 30, 2016, at 11:27 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : July 28, 2016, at 11:27 a.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
74
British Columbia
94
Manitoba
26
New Brunswick
13
Newfoundland and Labrador
5
Northwest Territories
1
Nova Scotia
42
Ontario
631
Prince Edward Island
5
Quebec
68
Saskatchewan
12
Other Countries
24
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