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Hopeful steps to reconciliation – The Hamilton spectator

by ahnationtalk on October 12, 201736 Views

Justin Trudeau’s Liberals talk a lot about reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples, but last week they did something that should help make it happen.

In a move that is welcome on both practical and symbolic levels, the federal government announced an $800-million settlement package for the survivors of the notorious Sixties Scoop.

If anyone deserves an official apology and compensation in this country today, it’s these men and women who, as powerless children, were traumatized by a succession of paternalistic and misguided governments.

Between 1964 and 1984, approximately 20,000 First Nations and Inuit youngsters who were considered to be at risk were torn from their parents, communities and traditional cultures to be raised by non-native families.

Read More: https://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/7608310-hopeful-steps-to-reconciliation/

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