Global News published this video item, entitled “Ottawa vows to release 12,000 residential school records soon” – below is their description.
After long facing criticism over withholding them, the federal government says it’s about to turn over thousands of records on Canada’s residential schools to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.
The government has previously argued it could not release them due to third party obligations to various Catholic Church orders.
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller says it will take between 30 and 45 days to hand over the documents.
Abigail Bimman explains why Ottawa may be finally handing them over, and what’s at stake for future generations of Indigenous people.
Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. It extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles), making it the world’s second-largest country by total area.
Its southern and western border with the United States, stretching 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world’s longest bi-national land border. Canada’s capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.
Various Indigenous peoples inhabited what is now Canada for thousands of years before European colonization. The Canada Act 1982, which severed the vestiges of legal dependence on the British Parliament. Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy in the Westminster tradition, with a monarch and a prime minister who serves as the chair of the Cabinet and head of government.
As a highly developed country, Canada has the seventeenth-highest nominal per-capita income globally as well as the thirteenth-highest ranking in the Human Development Index. Its advanced economy is the tenth-largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed international trade networks.