Saturday November 25, 2017

Residential school survivors and the PM's apology

Labrador resident Toby Obed was removed from his home at the age of three and forced to attend a residential school. Now 45, he will be getting a much-awaited formal apology from Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

Labrador resident Toby Obed was removed from his home at the age of three and forced to attend a residential school. Now 45, he will be getting a much-awaited formal apology from Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. (Marc Robichaud/CBC)

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A clearly emotional Justin Trudeau formally apologized on Friday to students of Newfoundland and Labrador residential schools.

They had been left out of the settlement and federal government apology in 2008 because those schools were created before the province joined Confederation in 1949, and thus weren't created under the Indian Act.

It's been long, painful journey for a lot of survivors.

The CBC's David Cochrane got a unique window into the experiences of two of those former students: Toby Obed and Jimmy Tuttauk.