PM apologizes to N.L. residential school survivors: ‘Colonial thinking led to great harm’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally apologized to former students of Newfoundland and Labrador residential schools on Friday, acknowledging his words alone are not enough to heal the wounds of the past.

Standing before an audience of hundreds in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador Friday morning, Trudeau said the apology was long overdue, and a stain on the relationship between the Indigenous people of Newfoundland and Labrador and those non-Indigenous individuals who claimed to be educating them.

“The treatment of Indigenous children in residential schools is a dark and shameful chapter in our country’s history,” he said in his address. “For all of you — we are sincerely sorry.”


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