OTTAWA — Winnipeg Centre MP Leah Gazan’s motion to declare that residential schools committed genocide was rejected by her fellow MPs Thursday.
The NDP MP had sought unanimous consent to recognize that what happened at the schools was an act of genocide, under the United Nations Genocide Convention. Chiefs from across Manitoba supported the designation, which would have gone beyond "cultural genocide" to recognize a deliberate attempt to kill a recognized group.
Unanimous motions only pass if all 338 MPs agree, but those in the Commons heard a few nays from the Liberal and Conservative benches Thursday.
"It's unfortunate… that there's still denial about the true history in this country," Gazan said moments after the vote. She said she’d ask survivors whether to bring a different motion to the Commons.