Residential Schools Tragedy – AFNQL Demands an Apology From the Canadian Government
WENDAKE,QC, April 5 – The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) is calling on Prime Minister Harper to offer, on behalf of the Canadian government, a full apology to all the residential school survivors who were left severely scarred by their experience and were forced to abandon their language and culture.
AFNQL Regional Chief Ghislain Picard strongly deplored the recent announcement by Minister Jim Prentice, who indicated that the federal government would not be making any apology for the residential schools because their objective had simply been to provide an ‘education’ to Aboriginal children. “The federal government’s position is completely irresponsible and unacceptable. Entire lives have been shattered and destroyed because of this tragic episode in Canada’s history. We demand that the government accept its responsibilities to allow all those who suffered so much to finally begin a true healing and reconciliation process,” said Mr. Picard. Mr. Picard noted that the federal government had made Aboriginal children attend the residential schools as part of its attempt to assimilate the First Nations. “I believe we have been patient enough regarding this issue and the time has come for the federal government to act in the best interests of everyone who has been harmed,” he said.
The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is the regional organization representing the Chiefs of the First Nations in Quebec and Labrador.
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