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BPC Bulletin February 20, 2023

BPC Bulletin: MP Proposes to Ban Denials of Genocide at Indian Residential Schools

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee.

In the House of Commons, NDP MP Leah Gazan has proposed drafting a bill to ban the denial of genocide in Indian residential schools.

“Denying genocide is a form of hate speech,” said Gazan, who represents the riding of Winnipeg Centre. “That kind of speech is violent and re-traumatizes those who attended residential school.”

The office of Marc Miller, the Liberal minister in charge of Crown-Indigenous relations, has expressed interest in reviewing the proposed bill.


Olivia Stefanovich of CBC News reports:
NDP MP calls for hate speech law to combat residential school 'denialism' | CBC News

Richard Raycraft of CBC News reports:
MPs back motion calling on government to recognize residential schools program as genocide | CBC News

The Parliament of Canada provides basic facts about Ms. Gazan:

Leah Gazan - Member of Parliament - Members of Parliament - House of Commons of Canada (

The Book and Periodical Council was formed in 1975 as the Book and Periodical Development Council to provide a venue for members to discuss industry issues, address mutual concerns and undertake projects for the benefit of Canadian writing and publishing.

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February 20, 2023
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