Manitoba Indigenous relations minister quits cabinet position: source

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WINNIPEG — A source in Manitoba's Progressive Conservative government says the cabinet minister responsible for Indigenous relations has resigned.

Eileen Clarke, who has held the post since the Tories were elected in 2016, was not immediately available for comment.

The source requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak on the record.

Premier Brian Pallister made comments last week in response to the toppling of two statues of Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria on the grounds of the legislature.

Pallister said people who came to Canada did not come to destroy things, but to build up communities, churches, farms and businesses.

His comments were widely condemned by Indigenous leaders, who said the premier was minimizing and romanticizing the effects of colonialism.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 14, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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