On Wednesday, June 11, Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper stood in the House of Commons to deliver an apology to Aboriginal peoples – in particular survivors of native residential schools – with these words:
“I stand before you, in this chamber so central to our life as a country, to apologize to aboriginal peoples for Canada’s role in the Indian residential schools system.
Mr. Speaker, I stand before you today to offer an apology to former students of Indian residential schools. The treatment of children in Indian residential schools is a sad chapter in our history.
For over a century, the residential schools separated over 150,000 native children from their families and communities.”
Were you in Ottawa, on Parliament Hill, watching TV from home, listening to it on radio, reading about it the next day? What did you think? After a while to let things sink in a bit, what DO you think now?