Magazine article Anglican Journal

Canada Apologizes for Residential School Abuse: Thousands Witness Event in Ottawa

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Canada Apologizes for Residential School Abuse: Thousands Witness Event in Ottawa

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When Prime Minister Stephen Harper stood in the House of Commons on June 11, facing leaders of Canada's aboriginal community, it was described as one of the most profound moments in Canadian history.

Hundreds packed the visitor's gallery and hundreds more stood on the lawn in front of the House of Commons to witness the apology on giant screens.

The prime minister apologized to former students of Indian residential schools. "The treatment of children in Indian residential schools is a sad chapter in our history," he said.

In the 1870s, the federal government, partly in order to meet its obligation to educate aboriginal children, began to play a role in the development and administration of these schools.

Harper said that "two primary objectives of the residential schools system were to remove and isolate children from the influence of their homes, families, traditions and cultures, and to assimilate them into the dominant culture. These objectives were based on the assumption aboriginal cultures and spiritual beliefs were inferior and unequal. …

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