Vice President and Sister of Canadian Labor Congress attacked in Winnipeg after talking on Reality and Reconciliation Day

WINNIPEG – NEWS – Following a National Day of Truth and Reconciliation hosted by the Canadian Labor Congress, Vice President of Congressional Indigenous Workers Gloria Lepine and her sister Linda Wilson were verbally assaulted, and Linda was physically assaulted by strangers who took offense at her speech Reconciliation and Justice for Indigenous Peoples.

A police report has been filed with the Winnipeg Police Department.

CLC’s Bea Bruske explains, “I am outraged that this has happened, especially on a day devoted to learning, reflection and the determination to take action to deal with the devastating and long-lasting effects of colonization. Today is a day to work towards reconciliation by remembering and honoring those lost in the boarding system, survivors, their families and their communities.

“What happened to Gloria Lepine, who has stood up for murdered and missing indigenous women for years and has worked tirelessly for indigenous workers, is just one example of the ongoing and systemic violence, discrimination and racism that First Nations face, Métis and Inuit across Canada, every day.

“Justice and reconciliation are both our individual and collective responsibilities. This includes not looking the other way at moments like these, which unfortunately occur far too often, and always speaking up. We are all responsible for building the kind of society we want to live in. And we all have to stand up against racism at every turn. “

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