VANCOUVER - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it's been a difficult year for many since the discovery of unmarked graves at residential schools and those expressing anger are justified in doing so.
Trudeau told reporters in Vancouver that Canada was responsible for "horrific things" happening to Indigenous people and the injustices are not isolated in the past.
He says they continue today with socio-economic inequality, mental health challenges and other legacies of residential schools that require ongoing action.
Trudeau made the comments following a tense appearance Monday at a memorial ceremony at the former residential school in Kamloops, where he faced angry chants from some.
My message to Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc today was simple: I hear you. We’re here for you. We’ll always remember and honour the children who never came home, and we’ll walk forward together on the shared path of reconciliation. We’ll continue to listen, learn, and take action. pic.twitter.com/9vpNchSugk— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 24, 2022
He is expected to make an announcement today with B.C. Premier John Horgan about the 2025 Invictus Games, visit a food bank and attend a Liberal fundraiser.
The Tk’emlups te Secwepemc announced last year that ground-penetrating radar had identified 215 suspected graves in an apple orchard by the residential school and Trudeau says Canada is still grappling with the discovery.
"There were a number of people who are still very, very hurt by this and who are angry, and, frankly, they have a right to be angry," he says.