Residential Schools Apology: Toward a Positive Future in Canada

**Aug. 19/08. My thoughts on this apology are shifting. See the progression here**
Yesterday afternoon I sat in my car with tears rolling down my face as I listened to words of healing in our government’s apology to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples in Canada for residential schooling, and in the various responses to the apology.

Connie Brooks in a letting go ceremony

image from…Connie Brooks, who attended the Shubenacadie Residential School in the early 1960s, during a “Letting Go” ceremony in Shubenacadie, N.S., on Wednesday. (Mike Dembeck/Canadian Press)

Here is some of that response, a country in conversation.

Reaction to apology video on cbc

As a teacher who works with First Nations students (Mohawk from Kahnawake) I was moved by the sense of hope for the future that this conversation holds for all of us, together. And by the simple humility it is to give and accept an apology.

For more information about how this conversation got going, take a look at this cbc site


  • Mandy says:

    What are you guys talking about i do not understand jennifer may u explain again

  • Tracy says:

    Thanks for revealing a bit of the hidden story, Jenn.
    And nice to see you here!

  • Jennifer says:

    When I was teaching in Northern Alberta, there was an abandoned building that was just repeatedly vandalized. I was told that it was once a residential school – I thought that it was interesting how it was never torn down, just kind of stood as a kind of venting wall.
    Admittedly I don’t now much about the history, or what will happen now, but this apology seems like a nice step forward.

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