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APTN Investigates: Labrador residential school survivors



Cullen Crozier
APTN Investigates

It’s been almost eight years since the federal government took responsibility for Canada’s Indian residential school system. 

But what about the Forgotten Survivors?

To this day former students who attended schools in Newfoundland and Labrador have never been officially acknowledged by Ottawa because the province joined Confederation in 1949. 

Therefore, Canada, the federal government doesn’t feel legally responsible.

To this day former students who attended schools in Newfoundland and Labrador have never been officially acknowledged by Ottawa.  because the province joined Confederation in 1949. 

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That’s because the province didn’t join Confederation until 1949. 

For years the Labrador residential school survivors fought to get the recognition they deserved. 

They marched and eventually went to court. 

Then in 2015, a new government was elected – one that vowed to stop fighting Indigenous issues in the courts. 

Here is the story of the residential school survivors of Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Contact Cullen here: ccrozier@aptn.ca

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