Native leaders and former students of residential schools gathered across Canada to mark the one-year anniversary of the government’s official apology.
As part of a $1.9 billion settlement, the government apologied for taking Native children from their communities and forcing them to attend boarding schools where many students suffered emotional, physical, mental and sexual abuse.
“I had waited all of my life to hear somebody accept responsibility for the sadness in my life — for the loss in my life, for the dysfunction and the anger and the rage. It helped to hear the prime minister of this country say, ‘I’m sorry.'” Chief Robert Joseph, who attended a school in British Columbia, told CBC News.
Ceremony marks 1st anniversary of residential school apology (CBC 6/11)
Commitments from apology not met: chiefs (The Winnipeg Free Press 6/12)