Many indigenous officials have said that accepting the “suffering” of the indigenous people of Canada during Prince Charles’ visit was an important step, as they now call on the monarchy to “apologize”.
“On behalf of my wife and myself, I would like to acknowledge the plight of (the locals) and tell them that our hearts are with them and their families,” Prince Charles said in a concluding speech with his trio in Yellowknife (Northwest Territories) on Thursday. – Day visit in Canada.
After stopping in Newfoundland (east) and St. John’s in Ottawa, the princes ended their voyage northwest Canada on Thursday, where Prince Charles returned to his “especially touching meetings with survivors at residential schools for local people who bravely described their experiences.”
“We must listen to the truth of the life experiences of the local people and work to better understand their sufferings and sufferings,” he said.
This is an “important step” for Matisse National Council President Cassidy Karen. “It is important for us to see that Prince Charles and his family want to hear and hear the truths of the local people,” she added.
For her part, Roseanne Archibald, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, described herself as a “very sympathetic” prince.
But she added that she still hopes to apologize “not only on behalf of the Anglican Church for what happened in these institutions, but also for the failures in the relationship between the Crown and the First Nations people.”
The visit comes a year after the first graves of anonymous children were discovered on the site of a former residential school for locals in Canada, sparking a scandal and revealing the country’s immigration history.
Between the late 19th and early 1980s, nearly 150,000 Indigenous children were forcibly enrolled in more than 130 residential schools across the country, where they were alienated from their families, language and culture.
Thousands did not return. Authorities estimate their number is between 4,000 and 6,000. In 2015 the National Commission of Inquiry qualified for this “cultural carnage” system.
Pope Francis, who has already submitted his apologies in April before a delegation of Canadian indigenous delegates, will visit the country in late July to restore them.