It was only shortly before Indian Residential Schools were being shut-down that the churches who ran them began to administer apologies for the horrific crimes that took place. The formal speeches/statements of apology are listed below.

On Wednesday June 11, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, made a Statement of Apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools, on behalf of the Government of Canada.

  • Text version
  • Video
  • PDF copy

  • Anglican Church of Canada
    The Anglican Church of Canada’s apology was delivered by then-Primate Michael Peers to the National Native Convocation in Minaki, Ont., Friday, Aug. 6, 1993.
    Text: http://www.anglican.ca/relationships/trc/apology

    Presbyterian Church in Canada
    The confession of the Presbyterian Church as adopted by the General Assembly was delivered on June 9th, 1994.
    Text: http://www.presbyterian.ca/ministry/canada/nativeministries/confessions

    United Church of Canada
    The United Church of Canada apologized for the Indian Residential School system twice, however, only one was accepted formally.
    1986 – Words spoken by the Right Reverend Robert Smith at the 31st General Council of The United Church of Canada
    1998 -The Moderator of the United Church apologized to Canada’s First Nations peoples for the church’s complicity in the operation of Indian Residential Schools in Canada.
    Text version – http://www.united-church.ca/beliefs/policies/1998/a623

    Indian Affairs and Northern Development
    On January 7, 1998, The Honourable Jane Stewart (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development) delivered a Statement of Reconciliation.

    Text: http://ccmlab-test.uwaterloo.ca/node/89

    Roman Catholic Church
    After a meeting in 2009 that included the National Chief Phil Fontaine (AFN) and Pope Benedict XVI, the Pope expressed sorrow for Residential School survivors.
    Video: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6317916n

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