« Today, I humbly stand before you to offer a long overdue apology, » Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, said during a ceremony in the town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

About 150,000 indigenous children attended residential schools across Canada between the 1940s and late 1990s.

Canada wanted to assimilate native children into white Canadian culture.

Students were neglected, separated from their families and communities, prevented from speaking their native languages and learning about their culture, and many endured severe physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

                                             ( November 2017 )

To begin with…

Very early morning. The sun was not yet risen, and the whole of Crescent Bay was hidden under a white sea-mist. The big bush-covered hills at the back were smothered. You could not see where they ended and the paddocks and bungalows began. The sandy road was gone and bungalows the other side of it;  there were no white dunes covered with reddish grass beyond them; there was nothing to mark which was beath and where was the sea. A heavy dew had fallen. The grass was blue. Big drops hung on the bushes and just did not fall; the silvery, fluffy toi-toi was limp on its long stalks, and all the marigolds and the pinks in the bungalow gardens were bowed to the earth with wetness.

( At the bay, Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand, 1922 )