A national spokesman for former students says his group and the Assembly of First Nations have been shut out of final planning as the draft text of the apology is kept under tight wraps.
"I tell you, we're getting a little nervous and concerned when everything is so secretive," Ted Quewezance, executive director of the National Residential School Survivors' Society, said Thursday.
"It's a long time coming and I think it's a responsibility of Canada to really understand how important this apology is to survivors across the country. Everybody's emotional about it, they're angry about it, they're frustrated about it. And we don't understand what's going to come out of it at this point in time."
Quewezance says neither his group nor the assembly has been consulted on the final text of the apology as they'd expected to be.
Man if you didn't know any better, you'd almost think the native leaders believed that the apology was for their benefit. Typically, the Hareperialists send out a whelp to squat and gobble for the cameras.
The assembly offered a suggested text that was a helpful basis for what Harper will ultimately say, Strahl added.
"We've got some great ideas from former students who are helping us, I think, create a truly historic document. It's going to be a great apology because we've done a lot of consulting now for a good long time."
Consulting for a good long time, eh. Just not with the foremost organizations representing the interests of first nations peoples and the survivors of Canada's shameful legacy of abuse. Here's a thought Minister Strahl, how about you couple that most excellent of secret apologies with an open investigation of the allegations of mass graves on the sites of the residential schools?
What say we actually investigate the decades of systematic, institutional abuse and the practice of cultural genocide in Canada. Let's take a 'good long time' to look at the culpability of those that ran the schools and committed the crimes. Let's seek reparations on behalf of the living victims. How about we just pull the tax exempt status of every church hierarchy that operated residential schools. If it means liquidating the assets of the Catholic Church and the other robed villains, so be it. Let's have the pious bastards pay damages to those they were so intent on stripping of their faith, language, families, lands and culture.