Shomporko Online News Desk: After an estimated 751 unmarked graves were discovered at a former Saskatchewan residential school site, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized for the government’s “very destructive” actions.
The discovery occurred only weeks after the discovery of 215 unmarked gravesites at another former residential school site in Kamloops, which sent shockwaves across the country and prompted renewed calls for action.
Speaking Friday, Trudeau promised to take that action.
“Specifically to the members of the Cowessess community and Treaty Four communities, we are sorry. It was something that we cannot undo in the past, but we can pledge ourselves every day to fix in the present and into the future,” he said.
“That means recognizing the harms, the impacts, the intergenerational trauma, the cycles of challenges that far too many Indigenous peoples face in this country because of actions that the federal government and other partners deliberately and willingly undertook.”
Trudeau added that Canadians are “horrified and ashamed” of how Canada behaved.