Canada’s Senate set to hear how far we’ve come post-Apology

Survivor Nancy Scanie, 69, of Cold Lake First Nation weeps as PM apologizes in 2008

What should be a pretty interesting meeting takes place tomorrow in Ottawa, where the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples is going to examine “the progress made on commitments endorsed by Parliamentarians of both Chambers since the Government’s [2008] apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools.”

In other words, how far has Canada come since it said sorry for forcing thousands of First Nations children into Indian Residential Schools?

And it’s quite the impressive witness list that’s been assembled for the 2-hour session. Appearing on behalf of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada:

  • The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair
  • Marie Wilson, Commissioner
  • Chief Wilton Littlechild, Commissioner

Also scheduled to appear:

You can watch the whole thing live tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 28) at 9:30 AM eastern (6:30 AM pacific) on PTN, aka ‘ParlVU’ — the webcasting service providing “live and archived streams of video and audio for … all House of Commons proceedings, Televised Committees, and the audio of all committees that are sitting in public.”

[ Image: Bruce Edwards / Edmonton Journal ]