Originally posted by KKFYC
On June 11, 2008, as hundreds gathered outside of the Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, waiting for the greatest news to be announced, for the first time in Canadian history, the Prime Minister (PM) of Canada, Stephen Harper made a historic apology to the three distinctive groups of Canadian Aboriginal Peoples, the First Nations People, the Inuit People and the Métis People.
After many decades of fighting, the three distinctive groups of Canadian Aboriginal people finally received the recognition they deserve and the apology they have long waited for has finally come.
Inside of Parliament Hill, PM Stephen Harper recognized that the Canadian Government have mistreated the Aboriginal People in the past, taking away their children from their parents and from their society, raised them in ways that were not culturally appropriate.
In his speech, he mentioned, “On behalf of the government of Canada and all Canadians, I stand before you, in this chamber so central to our life as a country, to apologize to aboriginal peoples for Canada's role in the Indian residential schools system.” He also mentioned that, “We now recognize that it was wrong to separate children from rich and vibrant cultures and traditions that it created a void in many lives and communities, and we apologize for having done this.”
It was certainly the day of the dawn for the Aboriginal People. As called by the Aboriginal leader, “this is the new beginning for the First Nation People”, “the beginning of hope” he added.
According to a source, PM Stephen Harper not only apologized to the First Nation People, he had also signed the apologetic letter as well as a compensation package of over four billion dollars.
The action taken by PM Stephen Harper is certainly a role model for governments around the world in stepping up to recognize the indigenous peoples in their countries.
For some countries today, the states still continue to oppress and violate the inalienable rights as people. How can one imagine any compensation that is offered by the government if the state fails to provide them with the basic rights and freedom?
We hope that from this day forward, that governments around the world will recognize the indigenous people in their countries as well as providing them with the human rights and fundamental instruments that will liberate and mobilize them to a freer life.
In addition, we also hope that Government of Vietnam will take the initiative in stepping up to recognize the Khmer Krom People as the Indigenous Peoples in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam. No one could ever imagine that one Government could deliver the dream of the First Nation people to reality. Maybe, the dream of the Indigenous Khmer Krom people will come to fruition.