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Newfoundland residential school claimants want apology from Trudeau

Former prime minister Stephen Harper excluded the province’s residential schools from a national apology in 2008


 

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A residential school claimant in Newfoundland and Labrador says an apology from the prime minister is more important to many former students than compensation payments.

Danny Pottle says validation from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a crucial part of healing and reconciliation.

The former resident of a school dormitory in North West River was in St. John’s today as lawyers explained details of a proposed $50-million settlement.

The deal reached with the federal government must be approved by a judge, and no apology has been confirmed.

Former prime minister Stephen Harper excluded the province’s residential schools from a national apology in 2008 and a related compensation package.

His Conservative government argued they weren’t “akin” to other so-called Indian residential schools, but the Trudeau Liberals agreed to settle a 10-year legal fight.


 

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