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NCC calls on PM to apologize following residential school settlement


Todd Russell, president of the NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to offer an apology for Canada’s role in the residential school system in Newfoundland and Labrador. This is on the heels of an out-of-court settlement reached between the federal government and survivors of the residential school system on May 10.

“We will support those still with us and will do what we can to walk with them on their journey of healing and reconciliation,” Russell said. “To help in this process, we ask that Prime Minister Trudeau offer an apology for Canada’s participation in the residential school system in this province.”

The settlement reached with the federal government ends a nearly 10-year class action legal battle and, if approved, will see $50 million divided up to the survivors and families.

“We will support those still with us and will do what we can to walk with them on their journey of healing and reconciliation,” Russell said. “To help in this process, we ask that Prime Minister Trudeau offer an apology for Canada’s participation in the residential school system in this province.”

The settlement reached with the federal government ends a nearly 10-year class action legal battle and, if approved, will see $50 million divided up to the survivors and families.

“This is a momentous and important time for hundreds of residential school survivors who attended schools in Labrador and Newfoundland,” Russell said. “It is a time of acknowledgement of historic wrongs and the pain and hurt experienced by so many. Survivors in this province, many of whom are southern Inuit from NunatuKavut, have gone unrecognized for far too long. For some, the healing can now truly begin.”

He said the residential school system across Canada and in this province is a “black stain” on Canada’s history and it has left a legacy of trauma and suffering passed from generation to generation.

“The Supreme Court of Canada has called the residential school system a form of ‘cultural genocide,’” he said. “The separation and dislocation experienced by Indigenous children and their families tore at the core of people’s identity and self-worth. I express our deep appreciation to all who steadfastly fought this battle for justice. I especially honour those who shared their stories so that justice could be done. It takes a tremendous amount of courage and strength. We honour all survivors and remember those who have passed on, carrying their stories of pain to the very end.”

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