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A Tree Fell in the Forest: The U.S. Apologized to Native Americans and No One Heard a sound


On Wednesday June 11, 2008, all of Canada was asked to take pause to participate in an unprecedented national event. Prime Minister Stephen Harper asked his 30 million Canadian citizens to tune in to Parliament for a live nationally broadcast Apology to their country’s First Nations, their indigenous peoples. The task was specific and long overdue: “The government of Canada sincerely apologizes and asks the forgiveness of the aboriginal peoples of this country for failing them so profoundly. We are sorry,” said Harper. He specifically addressed the government’s role in assimilating Native children through church-run residential (boarding) schools, and sought a turning point in the troubled history between Native peoples and the Canadian state.

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