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Canada celebrated its inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in memory of its long history of abuse against the people of First Nations, particularly in government-run residential schools that operated from the 19th century as recently as the 1990s .

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Commemorations are planned across Canada, Including A ceremony on Parliament Hill in the capital Ottawa and a tribute with singing and drumming by Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Nation near the site of the country’s largest residential school – where the remains of more than 200 children were held discovered Spring.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation comes less than a week after Canada’s Catholic bishop formally apologized for atrocities committed in residential schools, and just a day after a federal judge Governance Against the government for giving compensation to the survivors, clearing the way for the payment of billions.

Thursday is also Orange Shirt Day an occasion created “To see and honor the healing journey of survivors and their families” organized by the grassroots Swadeshi movement.

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150,000. It is estimated that a number of Indigenous children are drawn from their families and forced to attend 140 residential schools in Canada between 1831 and 1998, According to the government.

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Canadian Parliament passed bill Designating the holiday followed increased scrutiny over the history of residential schools in June. children were horribly abused Amount for “cultural genocide” in schools—most of which were perpetrated by the Catholic Church— Including Rape, starvation and physical abuse. Earlier this year there were more than 1,300 unmarked graves discovered On the sites of several closed schools across the country. Canada conducted a Truth and Reconciliation Commission between 2008 and 2015, when it issued a final report good Including 94 calls to action including the creation of a National Day of Commemoration.

Canada celebrates first national holiday for Indigenous reconciliation“(Reuters)

Canada celebrates its first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation(NPR)

Canada: a day of truth and reconciliation inspires action(al Jazeera)

Indigenous children will receive billions after judge dismisses Trudeau’s challenges“(Guardian)

“Catholic Bishops Apologize to Indigenous Canadians for Residential School Abuse” (Businesshala)