Debates of the Senate  
  1st Session, 39th Parliament,Volume 143, Issue 112.
    Thursday, June 21, 2007
 
Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement- Apology to Victims
  Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: My question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate has to do with the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. I would like the Leader of the Government in the Senate to explain to honourable senators why this government will not apologize to Aboriginal people who attended residential schools.

Hon. Marjory LeBreton (Leader of the Government and Secretary of State (Seniors)): I thank the honourable senator for her question. As honourable senators know, on May 10, 2006, the government announced the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and, at the same time, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. These settlements are in progress, and no doubt some awful stories will be heard by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. An apology was not part of the agreements when they were signed, but the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was set up in order to give people an opportunity to express properly what they went through.