Canada to Apologize to Indigenous Groups
Posted on Jun 11, 2008
Following a similar move by Australia earlier this year, Canada’s prime minister will offer a formal apology to the country’s indigenous peoples for the state’s unjust treatment of them, most notably the forced enrollment of more than 100,000 native students in state-funded Christian boarding schools aimed at assimilating them into white society.
Canada is to apologise for forcing more than 100,000 aboriginal children to attend state-funded Christian boarding schools aimed at assimilating them.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will make the apology in parliament in Ottawa, in front of hundreds of ex-schoolchildren.
The schools operated from the late 19th Century until the 1990s, although most of them shut in the 1970s.
Accounts of physical and sexual abuse at the institutions, known as residential schools, have also emerged.