In Lesson Plan 1 of the 100 Years of Loss Edukit, you learned about the Residential School System in Canada by hearing Prime Minister Stephen Harper deliver a formal apology to Survivors and their families in the House of Commons on June 11, 2008.
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I have mixed feelings about Harper’s apology to the survivors of residential schools. At first i feel that it was good for him to do so and that it was necessary, but at the same time i feel strongly about him doing nothing after the fact. By him not doing anything about healthcare, education, housing, clean water, counselling, indoor plumbing, electricity, and the MANY other important issues on reserves, his apology goes out the window and becomes invalid. If we can’t rely on Har [...]
I can’t believe what happened at residential schools. I think the government should step up and help the FNMI people who are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder caused by residential schools. The government can try to make it sound like it is history but it is not. The last residential school only closed down in the 90′s and there are still about 80,000 people living who went to residential schools. The government needs to seriously help FNMI peoples instead of trying to [...]