Canadian history, like that of the United States or Australia, has a record of regarding aboriginal people as being inferior and in need of being educationally uplifted. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper appeared before parliament to make clear the importance of his nation to apologize for this mistreatment. “Mr. Speaker, I stand fore you to offer an apology to former students for the Federal government’s program of residential schools and its sad legacy of abuse, assimilation and lasting pain. We now recognize that it was wrong to separate children from their homes and we apologize for having done this.. We now recognize that it was wrong to separate children from their rich and vibrant cultures and traditions, that it created a void in many lives and communities and we apologize for having done that.”
The schools endeavored to wipe out native cultures and languages by separating children not only from their families but from their culture and traditions.