Hundreds of aboriginal people gathered in Vancouver’s Trout Park on Sunday to celebrate the annual National Aboriginal Day.
This year’s event follows a federal commission’s report that found that Canada committed “cultural genocide” through the country’s former residential school system. It was a system that removed aboriginal children from their families, and placed them in government-run boarding schools. The last one of these schools was closed in 1996. The event calls on people to reflect on the wrong doings by the past Canadian governments, and start building a future with justice.
The National Aboriginal Day was initiated in 1996. And now there are more than 1.4 million aboriginals living in Canada.