Canadian Mental Health Association acknowledges and supports federal government's apology to the thousands of victims of Indian Residential Schools in Canada

    OTTAWA, June 13 /CNW/ - Dr. Taylor Alexander, CEO of the Canadian Mental
Health Association (CMHA), National Office applauds Prime Minister
Stephen Harper's recent House of Commons apology to the thousands of victims
of Indian Residential Schools in Canada.
    "This government's recent historic apology will hopefully, begin the
healing process for survivors, their families and their loved ones. Our
society must acknowledge the profound psychological suffering of these
vulnerable individuals and their families, and that continues to impact on
later generations," said Alexander. "CMHA is strongly committed to the
principles of recovery. We believe that the Prime Minister's apology is an
important step in promoting that process. CMHA sincerely wishes each and every
survivor and their families continued strength and hope on the path of

    About CMHA, National

    The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), National founded in 1918,
is one of the oldest voluntary organizations in Canada. Each year, it provides
direct service to more than 100,000 Canadians through the combined efforts of
more than 10,000 volunteers and staff across Canada in over 135 communities.
As a nation-wide, voluntary organization, the Canadian Mental Health
Association promotes the mental health of all Canadians and supports the
resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA
accomplishes this mission through advocacy, education, research and service
delivery. For more information, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Kismet Baun, Communications Officer, Canadian
Mental Health Association (CMHA), National Office, Toronto, (416) 977-5580,
ext. 4141,

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