With yesterday, November 8th, being Indigenous Veterans Remembrance Day in Canada, today I fly the recognized Canadian flag for Truth and Reconciliation Day in Canada. It is a day designated by the Federal Government in Canada to officially confess to the truth of the horrid practices and attitudes that created The Residential School system. In Canada this practice continued for 160 years with an estimated 150,000 Indigenous children being forced from their homes and families
The Residential School System was also a fact of life in the United States. But, Canada has taken the next step and begun the process of telling the truth and attempting to reconcile this grievous sin.
In 2008, then Prime Minister Stephen Harper officially proclaimed:
“The burden of this experience has been on your shoulders for far too long. The burden is properly ours as a government, and as a country. There is no place in Canada for the attitudes that inspired the Indian residential schools system to ever prevail again. You have been working on recovering from this experience for a long time and in a very real sense, we are now joining you on this journey. The government of Canada sincerely apologizes and asks the forgiveness of the Aboriginal peoples of this country for failing them so profoundly. We are sorry.”
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