AFN National Chief asks Queen to apologize for past wrongs


The National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations said Wednesday evening that the Queen should apologize for the “continued failure of the Crown to uphold its treaty agreements” with Indigenous peoples, and suggested there should be a sort of “reparation” for the wrongs caused by the Canadian government. in his name.

RoseAnne Archibald met Prince Charles today at a reception at Rideau Hall after visiting Ottawa with his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Archibald later told reporters that the Queen must apologize for both the conduct of the government and that of the Anglican Church of Canada, which ran some of the residential schools that forcibly removed First Nations children in the 19th century. and twentieth centuries.

The church itself already apologized in 1993. It also paid significant damages to the survivors.

The Queen is the titular head – officially the “Supreme Governor” – of the Church of England, which is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion. She holds no official position in the Anglican Church in Canada.

Archibald said the Queen must “apologize to survivors and survivors of intergenerational trauma” as a “leader of the Anglican faith for the role the Church has played in institutions of assimilation and genocide in Canada”.

It is unclear whether the Queen herself can actually apologize for the Canadian abuse. It would be unusual for the Queen to issue such a statement. The Governor General, as the sovereign’s representative in Canada, usually directs all royal affairs.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized for residential school abuses in 2008 and launched the compensation program that paid out over $3.2 billion to survivors.