Ontario commends courage of Residential School survivors
Statement by Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Minister Michael Bryant
Today the Government of Canada apologized for the abuses that took place in the Indian Residential School System and the impact that had on generations of First Nation, Métis and Inuit families across the country and province. It is an impact that I encounter almost every day, and on every occasion that I visit First Nations traditional territory.
The formal apology from Prime Minister Stephen Harper does not erase the injustices experienced by residential school students. It does, however, provide an opportunity to heal and sets the stage to continue strengthened relationships based on dignity and mutual respect.
Ontario applauds the efforts of National Chief Phil Fontaine and First Nation leadership across Ontario and Canada, as we reflect on this shameful chapter of our shared history.
The courage of the survivors to tell their stories, including National Chief Fontaine, made change possible and paved the way to today's historic apology.