Statement By Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Minister Michael Bryant
TORONTO, June 11 /CNW/ - Today the Government of Canada apologized for
the abuses that took place in the Indian Residential School System and the
impact that had on generations of First Nation, Métis and Inuit families
across the country and province. It is an impact that I encounter almost every
day, and on every occasion that I visit First Nations traditional territory.
The formal apology from Prime Minister Stephen Harper does not erase the
injustices experienced by residential school students. It does, however,
provide an opportunity to heal and sets the stage to continue strengthened
relationships based on dignity and mutual respect.
Ontario applauds the efforts of National Chief Phil Fontaine and First
Nation leadership across Ontario and Canada, as we reflect on this shameful
chapter of our shared history.
The courage of the survivors to tell their stories, including National
Chief Fontaine, made change possible and paved the way to today's historic
Learn more about the history of the Indian Residential School System.
Find more information on support services and resources for Survivors.
Get answers regarding the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement.
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For further information:
For further information: Greg Crone, Minister's Office, (416) 314-2529;
Kevin Dove, Communications Branch, (416) 326-6306