There is now a permanent reminder on Parliament Hill of Canada’s dark residential school legacy.
A stained-glass window marking the legacy of former residential school students and their families was unveiled in Ottawa Monday.
The window, designed by artist Christi Belcourt, was installed in Centre Block on the Hill.
The last residential school closed in 1996 after 130 years of the program to assimilate natives to Christian culture led to widespread abuses.
In 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered a formal apology to former students, their families and communities, calling it a “sad chapter” in Canadian history.
A Truth and Reconciliation Commission was developed to reveal past wrongdoings.
“We continue on the path of reconciliation as we dedicate this new stained glass window,” said Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan. “The window is a visible reminder of the legacy of Indian Residential Schools; it is also a window to a future founded on reconciliation and respect.”