On Friday November 24th, 2017, in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will deliver the apology for Canada to the Labrador Residential School Survivors.
The following are the planned formal events; please note that there is invitation-only attendance with respect to the morning breakfast and the feast. The apology itself is open to everyone and begins at 10:30 am.
Breakfast will be 8:30 am at the Royal Canadian Legion for survivors, trial witnesses, Elders and class counsel, and will be attended by Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, the Honorable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown –Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, as well as MP Yvonne Jones.
The apology starts at 10:30 am at the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre (LOAC) and will be opened with a ceremony. Overflow quests will be at Mealy Mountain Collegiate (MMC) and will be live streamed. This event is open to all former students and families and the public.
The LOAC will be reserved for former students and family. Others will be directed to the MMC.
A feast will be held at 12:30 pm at the Mealy Mountain Collegiate (attached to LOAC) and is open to all former students, their families/supports, their counsel, Elders, health supports, the Prime Minister, Minister Bennett, MP Jones and other invited officials.
Health supports will be set up at Hotel North 2 and will also be present at the apology with separate break-out space.
There will be simultaneous translation into Inuktitut and Innu-Aimun with headsets.
Steven Cooper and Alan Regel of Cooper Regel Law Firm and David Rosenfeld of Koskie Minsky, Counsel for the survivors, will be in attendance with their team, and look forward to seeing Survivors, friends and their family.
Tune into tomorrow’s AtjiKangitut show to hear Cooper on RSS and apology event.