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Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo says residential schools meet the definition of genocide.
At the opening of the AFN’s health forum, the national chief spoke about the collective indigenous experience of residential schools.
He acknowledged the reality of the harm that was done.
“I, along with so many of our people, feel if you consider what the term genocide means,” said Atleo. “It references to the killing of people. Our people died in residential schools…the residential school was cultural genocide; the attempt to, over the course of history, to kill the Indian in the child. And that has been the experience of our people.”