Native Canadians to recall church run boarding school abuse

published on June 18, 2010

Hundreds of indigenous Canadians are to give evidence before a
commission of their experiences at state-funded schools set up to
enforce assimilation.

About 150,000 children attended the Church-run boarding schools which operated up to the 1990s.

The pupils were forced to abandon their cultural identity and many were physically and sexually abused.

The truth and reconciliation commission is part of a settlement agreed by the Canadian government four years ago.

The settlement also included an apology from Prime Minister Stephen
Harper and more than C$2bn (£1.3bn) compensation for surviving former
schoolchildren and their families.

Read full report at
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/us_and_canada/10338836.stm

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