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Truth and Reconciliation Commission

From the early 1990s onward, Canadian churches publicly apologized for their role in the residential school system. More recently, Canadian federal and provincial governments formally apologized for the development of the schools, the abuses suffered at the schools, and for the negative effects caused by the schools.


Apology on Residential Schools by the Catholic Church, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, various dates


Anglican Church of Canada’s apology for residential schools, Anglican Church of Canada, August 6, 1993


Confession of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, Presbyterian Church in Canada, June 9, 1994


Apology to Former Students of United Church Indian Residential Schools, and to Their Families and Communities, United Church of Canada, 1986 and 1998 


Apology for RCMP involvement in residential schools, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, May 2004


Statement of apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, June 11, 2008


Apology to residential school survivors, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, June 22, 2015


Apology to Indigenous peoples, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, May 30, 2016