This new agreement finally allows First Nations to decide for themselves how the funding will revitalize their language and culture independently of the government.
In B.C., residential school principals sat on public school boards, and some Indigenous children even attended public schools. Understanding such links matters for truth and reconciliation.
People must learn more about the history and legacies of residential schools and day schools and understand their relationship to Canada’s colonial project.
Canada is accepting claims emerging from a settlement with survivors of Indian day schools, but there has yet to be a public inquiry. There is an urgent need to hold Canada accountable.