‘B.C.’ legislative assembly to issue formal apology to First Nations, build residential ‘school’ memorial

By Amy Romer  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The “B.C.” legislative assembly has released an action plan aimed at reconciling pieces of its colonial legacy, which is set to include a formal apology to First Nations. The Reconciliation Action Plan also commits to building a memorial garden on the legislature grounds honouring those who attended residential “schools” across the province and country. The plan sets out five key commitments to be carried out over the next four years and seven initial actions. It was created in consultation with an Indigenous advisory committee that was created in 2023. Speaker Raj Chouhan presented the document on Wednesday during an event held at the parliament buildings on ləkʷəŋən (Songhees and Esquimalt) territories, which began with drumming, singing, a prayer, and calling on witnesses. At the…

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