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Indian Residential School Apology

On June 11, 2008, the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada issued an apology to former students of the residential school system. Prime Minister Stephen Harper also delivered the apology in the House of Commons, where Indigenous leaders and Survivors stood as witnesses to the speech.

Watch a video of the apology via CBC news coverage.

View a signed copy of the Federal Government’s Indian Residential School Apology in:

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NCTR’s spirit name – bezhig miigwan, meaning “one feather”.

Bezhig miigwan calls upon us to see each Survivor coming to the NCTR as a single eagle feather and to show those Survivors the same respect and attention an eagle feather deserves. It also teaches we are all in this together — we are all one, connected, and it is vital to work together to achieve reconciliation.