Mr. Ryan Cleary (St. John's South—Mount Pearl, NDP)
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-683, An Act to establish a National Institutional Abuse Awareness Day.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today in the House to table a private member's bill calling on the Government of Canada to establish a national day of awareness for people who have been abused by clergy, lay officials, and institutions in Canada.
A national day of awareness would be a step on the path towards healing. By shining a light on the abuse, promoting awareness and education, decreasing stigma, and addressing the harm that has occurred through clergy, lay officials, and institutions as a whole, we can start to move forward.
This bill proposes that June 1 be set aside as the national day of awareness, because it is the beginning of the National Aboriginal History Month in Canada and the day the Roman Catholic Church in Newfoundland and Labrador closed Mount Cashel orphanage for good.
By setting aside a national day, Canadians can engage in their communities to work together to ensure that this never happens again.
I call on all members of the House to support this bill.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)
Subtopic: National Institutional Abuse Awareness Day Act