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Senator stands by her “good” done in residential schools comments

Conservative senator Lynn Beyak. (Credit: Gov’t of Canada)

A Conservative senator continues to insist there was “good” done in residential schools, remarks that have threatened to sidetrack a committee looking into the Crown’s relationship with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples.

Lynn Beyak is refusing to elaborate on a CBC interview where she described an outpouring of public support for her position, adding that she also understands the plight of those who suffered in residential schools.

In the interview, Beyak insisted she had no need for additional education about residential schools or indigenous culture, saying she double-dated with an “aboriginal fellow” when she was 15. When asked today about the comments, Beyak would only say that everything she said during the interview “is still relevant today.”

An exhaustive study on the government-funded, church-operated schools found indigenous children endured widespread sexual and physical abuse.

Sen. Murray Sinclair, the former head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a member of the same Senate aboriginal committee as Beyak, refused to comment.

(With files from The Canadian Press)

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