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PM cites 'sad chapter' in apology for residential schools

Wednesday, June 11, 2008
CBC News
Assembly of First Nations Chief Phil Fontaine, in headdress, watches as Prime Minister Stephen Harper officially apologizes for more than a century of abuse and cultural loss involving residential schools. (Tom Hanson/Canadian Press)

Stephen Harper stood in the House of Commons on Wednesday to say sorry to former students of native residential schools — in the first formal apology from a Canadian prime minister over the federally financed program. "Mr. Speaker, I stand before you today to offer an apology to former students of Indian residential schools," Harper said in Ottawa, surrounded by a small group of aboriginal leaders and former students, some of whom wept as he spoke. "The treatment of children in Indian residential schools is a sad chapter in our history. "Today, we recognize that this policy of assimilation was wrong, has caused great harm, and has no place in our country," he said to applause. "The government now recognizes that the consequences of the Indian residential schools policy were profoundly negative and that this policy has had a lasting and damaging impact on aboriginal culture, heritage and language," Harper said. "While some former students have spoken positively about their experiences at residential schools, these stories are far overshadowed by tragic accounts of the emotional, physical and sexual abuse and neglect of helpless children, and their separation from powerless families and communities."

Apology broadcast during nationwide events

Above the floor in the Commons gallery, hundreds of former students, church representatives and others watched Harper's statement, which began at 3 p.m. ET. About 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children were removed from their communities throughout most of the last century and forced to attend residential schools.'Today's apology is about a past that should have been completely different.'—Stéphane Dion, Liberal leader Harper's speech was followed by a statement from Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion. "Today's apology is about a past that should have been completely different," he said. "But it must be also about the future. It must be about collective reconciliation and fundamental changes.

Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion addresses the House during the government's apology to former students of native residential schools. (CBC)

"It must be about moving forward together, aboriginal and non-aboriginal, into a future based on respect. It is abouttrying to find in each of us some of the immense courage that we see in the eyes of those who have survived." NDP Leader Jack Layton denounced the residential schools program as "racist," and called Wednesday's event an important moment for Canada. "It is the moment where we as a Parliament and as a country assume the responsibility for one of the most shameful eras of our history," Layton said in an emotional address. "It is the moment to finally say we are sorry and it is the moment where we start to begin a shared future on equal footing through mutual respect and truth." Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe offered his own apology, adding that the most meaningful expressions of regret are followed by concrete action. "This is something that must be done concretely by the government …The federal government has not invested enough for young aboriginal people."