Thursday, June 12, 2008

Inuit Leader States Culture Is Strong During Harper Apology

After Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the official government apology to the Native people of Canada for the 100 years of residential schools that tore native children away from their families, several Canadian Native aboriginal leaders were allowed to address the House of Commons. One was Inuit leader Mary Simon who addressed the Commons in the native Inuit language Inuktutuk first followed by English.

She mentioned that she chose to speak to the Canadian government in Inuktutuk first as a demonstration that the Inuit culture is still strong. This was met with applause from the entire audience.

For more on culture, see Inuit Culture articles.

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