On Wednesday, Prime Minister Harper made a formal apology on behalf of the Canadian government, Parliament, and the Canadian people for the forced removal of Aboriginal children to Indian Residential Schools, and the attempts at forced assimilation through the schools.

Present on the floor of the House were representatives of the Indian, Metis, and Inuit peoples of Canada, as well as survivors of the Residential Schools. Amongst the survivors were Marguerite Wabano, (seen here in a video on her 103 birthday!) at 104 the oldest survivor, and Crystal Merasty, at 17, the youngest survivor.

Phil Fontaine, Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, himself a survivor of both the schools and sexual abuse at the school he attended, received the apology on behlaf of the Indians of Canada.

Phil Fontaine

It makes me feel honoured and elated to have been part of the process of working towards compensating survivors of the schools, enabling them to have their cases heard, and to find, at least in some small measure, healing.

It will be interesting to see how the Truth and Reconciliation Commission unfolds.

Mollie, Metis child – died of Cholera at the Carcross Indian School in 1907

1 Comment

  1. kaicevy said,

    July 22, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    It will be interesting to see how the Truth and Reconciliation Commission unfolds

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