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The PM was expected to ask the pontiff to issue a formal apology in Canada for the role of the Catholic Church in the residential school system.
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It has been a month since Beyak stood on the floor of the Senate to make her outrageous comments about the "good" parts of the residential school system. Part of me wants to thank Beyak for making it so clear that there is much work to be done to expose truth and ensure reconciliation. But Beyak doesn't have to stay in the Senate for me to do that.
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This conversation might be new to you, but it's always been relevant and ongoing, and it's often a reaction of something your people have caused. It's often complicated by outsider intrusion and historical erasure.
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Joseph Boyden, author of The Orenda, is a figurehead in native literature and was recently scrutinized for his lack of proof concerning his native roots. The questions his identity raises are interesting and necessary, but if he's unwilling to have those conversations publicly, he's holding up progress.
It has been a year since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report, "Honouring the Truth, Reconciling the Future." It seemed like we finally had a government in Ottawa ready to listen and act. In the year since, we have seen the listening. Now we need to see the action.
The results show that Canadians still have a long way to go, said Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations.
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"I cannot say that I am satisfied with the way things are going."
Survivors have the right to see their stories archived if they wish.
Aboriginal communities are increasingly advocating interest-based negotiations as a critical tool in processes designed to reconcile differences and achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. Seven core concepts are critical to effective interest-based negotiations including relationships, communication, interests, options, legitimacy, alternatives and commitment.
Trent University will offer an indigenous bachelor of education degree program.
As Canadians grapple with the legacy of residential schools, Jean Marie River is trying to commemorate the fact it doesn't have to.
“We’re at the very front end of a renaissance of indigenous culture here in this province."
John Kioke told the boys in the dorm that he was going home. Like the other children, he had been taken from his parents the previous fall. Staying with his family hadn't been an option. If he hadn't been compliant the police would have been sent to forcibly take him away to St. Anne's Residential School in Fort Albany. But John Kioke was traumatized by life at the residential school. He wanted to see his mother. He was going to run away to see his parents in Attawapiskat. But their village was 100 kilometres north where the Attawapiskat River flowed into James Bay. He was only 14 years old.
Commissioner Marie Wilson said the centre's goal is to further reconciliation — something that "can't happen in sealed vaults."