Canada apologizes for abuse at church-run aboriginal schools
Boarding schools were compulsory
Jul 15, 2008
Church leaders in Canada hope that action will follow a public apology by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to victims of a policy whereby aboriginal children were placed in residential schools run by churches under a government policy of enforced assimilation.
Archbishop Fred Hiltz, leader of the Anglican Church of Canada, said he was moved by the apology given by Harper in Ottawa on June 11 in the lower house of the Canadian parliament on behalf of the government, followed by apologies from other party leaders.
“I was very encouraged by their determination to make sure that this apology is seen as a beginning, and that it will be accompanied by actions that will significantly improve the quality of life for First Nations people in this land,” Hiltz told the Anglican Journal after the prime minister’s statement.