Entries from News Archive 2008 tagged with 'residential schools'

Opinion: Residential school payouts squandered

"My mother called me near the tail end of last year. That in itself wasn't as strange as the reason she called. She needed money. She was having trouble making it to the end of the month when her pension...

Native issues on agenda for ministers in Canada

Native issues will be on the agenda for the first ministers meeting in Canada on January 16. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the meeting after issuing an apology for Canada's treatment of former residential school students. Internal e-mails cited by...

New pick set for residential school commission

The Canadian government is moving closer to selection a new chair of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, CBC News reports. Harry LaForme, an Ontario appeal court justice and member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First...

Another residential school lawsuit in Canada

Natives who attended day schools in Canada are suing the federal government, saying they were left out of a $1.9 billion settlement. The day schools were similar to residential schools that were part of the settlement. But former students say...

Ex-school commission chair discusses resignation

The former chairman of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission discussed his sudden resignation in a speech on Thursday. Harry LaForme, an Ontario appeal court justice and member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation,...

Replacement sought on Native truth commission

Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl says the Canadian government will work with Native leaders and churches to find a new member of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Strahl said the resignation of Harry LaForme, an Ontario appeal...

Opinion: AFN chief interferes with commission

"Why does Chief Phil Fontaine seem so determined to frustrate the process of healing for residential school survivors and keep at bay reconciliation with non-aboriginal Canadians and our government? It's a question worth considering, as Fontaine and the organization he...

AFN chief disputes meddling with commission

Assembly of First Nations Chief Phil Fontaine disputed suggestions that Native leaders interfered with the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Canada. Fontaine said AFN wants to ensure the commission carries out is mandate to report the truth...

Meeting held on residential school commission

Attorneys met behind closed-doors on Wednesday to consider the fate of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Canada. Harry LaForme, an Ontario appeal court justice and member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, resigned...

Meeting set over residential school commission

The Canadian government will meet next week to discuss the future of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, CBC News reports. Harry LaForme, an Ontario appeal court justice and member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First...

'Truth' commissioner disagrees with former chair

One of the remaining members of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission says the former chairman is wrong about the direction of the group. Claudette Dumont-Smith said she didn't try to push the commission to focus more...

Chair of residential school commission resigns

The chairman of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission resigned on Monday, citing "incurable" differences with fellow commissioners. Harry LaForme, an appeal court judge, said the other commissioners don't accept his authority or the direction he wants...

Non-Native leads 'truth' commission in Canada

Native groups are questioning the hiring of a non-Native as executive director of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Assembly of First Nations and Union of B.C. Chiefs say Aideen Nabigon is too close to the government....

Native truth commission attorney questioned

Native leaders are calling for the firing of the new chief counsel for Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The commission will oversee the healing and education process for survivors of the Native residential school system. Attorney Owen Young doesn't fit...

Lawmaker apologizes for 'hurtful' remarks

A lawmaker in Canada apologized for questioning the $1.9 billion residential school settlement and for suggesting that former students were going to waste the money. Pierre Poilievre is from the same party as Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who delivered...

Editorial: An emotional apology from Canada

• MP3: Audio of Apology "Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the House of Commons Wednesday delivered a historic apology intended to alter Canada's sorry relationship with its aboriginal people. Mr. Harper apologized repeatedly for the damages inflicted on generations...

Canada apologies for 'failing' Native people

• MP3: Audio of Apology The Canadian government officially apologized on Wednesday for its treatment of Native at residential schools. In a historic speech, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the goal of the schools was to assimilate Native children....

Canada to deliver Native apology this afternoon

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will deliver an apology on behalf of the Canadian government to former students of Native residential schools. The apology takes place in the House of Commons at 3pm EST. A webcast can be viewed at...

Canada to apologize to Native students on Wednesday

Canada's top political leader will offer a formal apology to former students of Native residential schools on Wednesday. Prime Minister Stephen Harper will deliver the apology before the Parliament. It's part of a $1.9 billion settlement package aimed at compensating...

Residential school payments tied to deaths

A Native leader in the Yukon says more than a dozen former residential school students have died after receiving their share of a $2 billion settlement. Diane Strand, the chief of Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, says the payments have...

Canada's prime minister to apologize to Natives

Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada will make a formal apology to the survivors of Native residential schools on June 11. The apology is part of a $1.9 billion settlement for abuse suffered by students of the schools. About 75,000...

Native residential students wary of claims process

Some former students of Native residential schools don't want to relive the abuse they suffered just to get additional compensation from the Canadian government. Every student received $10,000, plus $3,000 for each year they attended a school. But to qualify...

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