The Hill: Court to determine fate of Harper’s residential schools promise – Law Times

by aanationtalk on December 17, 2012372 Views

17 December 2012

Back in 2008 when Prime Minister Stephen Harper made peace on our behalf with victims of Indian residential schools, it was a historic moment.

Aboriginal leaders believed Harper’s promises. Some even cried.

It followed on the Indian residential schools settlement of 2006 and 2007 when the federal government promised it would set up a national research centre on residential schools as a documentary repository for the horrors that took place in them.

The federal government would hand over all of its files and materials linked to the cultural genocide so that for academics, historians, researchers, and especially Aboriginal Peoples themselves, there would be a permanent and indelible record for all future generations.

The truth and reconciliation commission had the task of setting up the research centre. For a while, it seemed that everything was working out.

Various government departments sorted through files and prepared them for presentation. The churches that ran those schools for the government until 1995 did their part by freely handing over their documents. Everything seemed all right.

Read more: http://www.lawtimesnews.com/201212179525/Commentary/The-Hill-Court-to-determine-fate-of-Harpers-residential-schools-promise

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