« 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 )