Critics say Ottawa has failed on Alberta residential school commemoration – Edmonton Journal

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Critics say Ottawa has failed on Alberta residential school commemoration – Edmonton Journal

by ahnationtalk on September 29, 2015232 Views

September 27, 2015

Lac La Biche — Tucked away on the Lac La Biche Mission Historical site, a small plaque with gold lettering is mounted on a hunk of grey stone.

“Church, convent and residential school ministered to the needs of the Métis community and the Cree and Dene of the area. The Mission also played a role in aiding the local people to make the transition from a hunting to an agrarian way of life,” it reads.

Those two sentences on that innocuous plaque mark the only place in Canada where a former residential school is commemorated as part of a nationally designated historic site. And that is a shameful oversight that needs to be corrected if the country is to ever fully come to terms with a traumatic and difficult part of its history, say critics.

Read More: http://edmontonjournal.com/news/national/critics-say-ottawa-has-failed-on-alberta-residential-school-commemoration

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