Aboriginal Canadians have formally requested to Queen Elizabeth of England to apologize for the role of british monarchy in school residences Canadaresidential schools established by the Canadian government to assimilate the Aboriginal population.
According to Canadian media on Thursday, the leader of this group, Rose Anne Archibaldheld a meeting on Wednesday evening with the prince charles of waleswho is touring Canada with his wife, Duchess Camilla of Cornwall, and apologized.
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Prince Charles did not commit apologize, Archibald revealed.
The meeting took place during an official reception held Wednesday evening in Ottawa, at the residence of the Governor General, Mary Simonwho performs the duties of head of state of canada on behalf of the British monarch.
The native chief, who represents the Assembly of First Nations (AFN)said he told the heir to the British throne and future monarch of Canada that the request for an apology “it was not a political request” and that it would help the victims.
“I asked him for an apology from his mother, the Queen, head of the Anglican Church, for what happened in the institutions of assimilation and genocide. I also apologized for the failure of the Crown in the relationship we have (with the Royal Family),” Archibald said.
The indigenous leader also explained that in his response, Prince Charles of Wales acknowledged that those responsible for the relationship had failed in the past.
Archibald added that the remarks of Prince Charles of Wales are not enough but they represent a positive first step.
Upon receipt, the AFN released a statement formally requesting that Queen Elizabeth, who is also the monarch of Canada, apologize for the violation of treaties that the British monarchy signed with the indigenous peoples of the country during colonization, as well as for the establishment of the school residences.
Archibald recalled that between 1820 and 1996, the Anglican Church of Canada managed almost 40 internees where indigenous children were systematically victims of physical, psychological and sexual abuse.
Pope Francis and the Canadian government have already apologized for their role in school residences, in which some 150,000 indigenous children.
Pope Francis will visit Canada in late July to personally apologize for the actions of the Catholic Church, which ran dozens of government boarding schools.
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