Survivors of residential schools, indigenous leaders say the queen should apologize next CBC News:

Now that home school survivors are apologizing in advance to Pope Francis for the behavior of some Catholics in institutions, Metis National Council President Cassidy Caron says the queen should be the next to apologize.

Following an offer from a Metis housing school survivor, Caron called on Queen Elizabeth II, as head of state of Canada and leader of the Anglican Church, to apologize for the housing operation and pay compensation to the survivors.

“There is so much treatment that is needed,” said Caron.

“We need basic human needs in our communities, it comes from colonization. It comes from assimilation, և some financial compensation is absolutely useful for us to move forward. ”

In addition to the apology, Metis National Council President Cassidy Caron said the royal family should pay compensation to housing school survivors. (Gregorio Borgia / AP Photo)

Keron said he plans to send the message when he meets Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at the Rideo Hall this week during a tour of Canada.

Canada’s first indigenous governor, Mary Simon, called the visit “the evolution of our country, the evolution of our diverse inclusive society, as well as an opportunity to demonstrate the resilience of indigenous communities.”

Many First Nations signed treaties with the Crown that promised to share resources, which the Crown later broke.

The queen must keep her broken promises, say survivors

“The queen is a member of the treaty, she’s obliged to abide by the agreement,” said Paul Andrew, who survived the infamous Grolier Hall Residential School, NWT.

“Through reconciliation, they can correct mistakes.”

Andrew said that meant that the queen had to make sure that there were no more lands and that the rights of the natives were respected.

“It would be good to apologize, but I think it’s much more important that we see the action that is needed,” said Andrew, the former mayor of Tulita, 614 miles (614 km) northwest of Yellowknife.

“We demand new relationships. The ball is in their court.”

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles shake hands with the crowd as they ride in a carriage on July 1, 2017, during the 150th Canadian celebration in Ottawa. (Fred Chartrand / Canadian Press)

The Anglican Church operated 36 residential schools, most of which, in addition to being a Roman Catholic church, operated more than 150 Indian day schools from 1820 to 1969.

Former Nunavut Commissioner Pita Irnick said she wanted Charles and Camilla to learn about indigenous cultures that sought to destroy residential schools.

“They must also sincerely apologize for the loss of our native being,” said Irnick, who survived Sir Joseph Bernier Federal Boarding School in Chesterfield Inlet, 1,095 km west of Iqaluit.

“It would be a really good thing to do that, both for the treatment of the English and for the treatment and reconciliation of the royal people.”

At their first stop in St. Johns on Tuesday, Charles և Camila will pay tribute to Native children who died in boarding schools while visiting the Government House Heart Garden.

Pita Irnik, a survivor of a home school, wants to hear the apology of Queen Elizabeth II. (Jason Francon / Canadian Press)

Irnik said the couple should share what they learned with the queen.

“He must apologize on behalf of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Anglican Church of the World,” Irnik said.

“They have done almost the same thing as the Roman Catholic Church in terms of the loss of culture, the loss of language, the loss of traditional care.”

The royal visit to Canada takes place in February after Prince William և Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas. The tour sparked protests and public outcry over compensation for slavery.

The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holnes, unexpectedly announced his country’s plans to sever ties with the monarchy and become a republic, following the leadership of Barbados.

Former Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Murray Sinclair says efforts to apologize to the royal family for holding the government accountable can change little or complicate matters.

“It will unnecessarily bring them into politics, and then we will find ourselves in a completely different contradiction,” Sinclair said.

“It will just distract us from the very important conversation we need to have about what we can do to change our way of life, our relationship.”

“Recognition, then apology”

Garth Walbridge, a Metis lawyer who served on the Baborigen Royal Commission, says Charles and Camilla should at least accept the damage caused by the colonization of residential schools.

“When it comes to recognition, ‘The royal family is involved in all this, we’m sorry,'” said Walbridge, a Northeastern lawyer in Nunavut.

“But there must be recognition, then an apology.”

Before apologizing to the royal family, Metis’s lawyer, Garth Walbridge, said the damage caused by the colonization of residential schools should be acknowledged. (Lauren McGuinness / CBC)

Archbishop of Canterbury He recently apologized in Canada for the role the Anglican Church played in residential schools.

“I’m sorry the church has humiliated you, humiliated you, disrupted your culture and traditions, first and foremost your language,” said Justin Welby, Prince Albert, 142 km northeast of Saskatoon.

After apologizing, Brian Hardlot, the head of Prince Albert’s Grand Council, said the Queen should end her apology to the Anglican Church.

“It’s something I personally would like to see as a leader-survivor,” he said.


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