Prime Minister delivers apology to former students of Newfoundland and Labrador residential schools

Prime Minister delivers apology to former students of Newfoundland and Labrador residential schools

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HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, NL, Nov. 24, 2017 /CNW/ - We need to acknowledge our past – including its most dark and shameful chapters – to address the historical wrongs and ongoing intergenerational trauma that affect so many Indigenous Peoples.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today apologized on behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians to former students of Newfoundland and Labrador residential schools. He also apologized to the families, loved ones, and communities for the painful and tragic legacy the residential schools left behind.

While delivering the apology, Prime Minister Trudeau acknowledged the many Innu, Inuit, and NunatuKavut children who were neglected and abused, and who suffered lasting damage to their culture and language because of the residential school system. He also highlighted the exceptional courage and strength of survivors who came forward to share their experiences.

This apology is a crucial, necessary step on our journey to reconciliation. The Government of Canada will continue to work to truly renew the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, to the benefit of all.

“For every Innu, Inuit, and NunatuKavut child in Newfoundland and Labrador who suffered discrimination, mistreatment, abuse, and neglect in residential schools – we are sorry. While this long overdue apology will not undo the harm done, we offer it as a sign that we as a government and as a country accept responsibility for our failings. It is our shared hope that we can learn from this past and continue to advance our journey of reconciliation and healing. We have the power to be better and to do better.”
—The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Quick Facts

  • At the turn of the twentieth century, the Moravian Mission and the International Grenfell Association established schools with dormitory residences for Indigenous children, with the support of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The last school closed in 1980.
  • On June 11, 2008, on behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper stood in the House of Commons to deliver an apology to students of Indian residential schools, their families, and communities. This apology did not include students from provincially run residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • On September 28, 2016, the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador approved a negotiated settlement to provide compensation to those who attended residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador and those who may have suffered abuse. The settlement also includes provisions for healing and commemoration activities identified by former students.
  • This apology also addresses Call to Action #29 outlined in the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which calls upon the federal government ‘to work collaboratively with plaintiffs not included in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement’.

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Government of Canada creating more paid student work placements for post-secondary students

Government of Canada creating more paid student work placements for post-secondary students

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TORONTO, Nov. 24, 2017 /CNW/ – Giving post-secondary students the chance to learn in a hands-on work environment is part of the Government’s plan to put Canada’s greatest strength—its skilled, hard-working people—at the heart of a more innovative new economy.

The Honourable Kristy Duncan, Minister of Science, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, today announced that the Government of Canada will work with MaRS Discovery District (MaRS) to provide students with work placement opportunities to help them develop their skills and gain valuable workplace experience.

The Government of Canada is rolling out up to 60,000 student work placements over the next five years. The Government’s Student Work-Integrated Learning Program will provide $73 million to create 10,000 paid student work placements over the next four years and facilitate stronger partnerships between employers and partnering polytechnics, universities and colleges. This is in addition to $221 million in funding for Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that provides research internships with a goal of creating 10,000 work placements per year over the next five years.

Minister Duncan made the announcement together with MaRS, one of several industry partners working with the Government of Canada. MaRS is an innovation hub designed to foster, accelerate and scale innovation for impact. MaRS has worked in the education space for over a decade through its Studio Y which supports young people to become top-performing leaders. MaRS, which has taken a leadership role through it Studio Y Fellowship program in providing summer work experience and skills development opportunities, will receive $4.4 million.

It is expected that more than 400 student work placements will be made available primarily to under-represented post-secondary students, such as women in STEM, newcomers, Indigenous students as well as first-year students in STEM.


“When Canadian students get on-the-job education, they’re getting the experience they need to succeed. Our Innovation and Skills Plan is putting Canada’s skilled, talented and creative people at the heart of a more innovative future economy.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

This program will help build stronger partnerships between government, post-secondary institutions and employers and will help young Canadians gain the experience they need to succeed to become innovative leaders in our modern, fast-paced economy.”
– The Honourable Kristy Duncan, Minister of Science  

“Canadian students are our future pace-setters and will determine the success of our country. Targeting all students enrolled in post-secondary education, the program will place particular attention on engaging and supporting women in STEM, recent immigrants, Indigenous youth and first-year students to foster diverse workplaces thereby increasing Canada’s competitive advantage. Thanks to the support of Employment and Social Development Canada, MaRS Studio Y programming and our high-growth ventures, Canada’s emerging talent will gain the experience, hands-on skills and mindsets necessary to successfully compete in the innovation economy.”
Lekan Olawoye, Lead Executive, Studio Y

Quick Facts

  • Work placements are a continuum of opportunities offered within the workplace including internships, practicums and cooperative placements (co-ops).
  • Students who participate in these opportunities are more likely to benefit from higher earnings and more employment opportunities, be employed in fields more closely related to their studies and develop technical and work-ready skills sought after by employers.
  • Through this investment, students will also benefit from MaRS Systems Leadership training which will provide them with the skills employers have deemed critical to drive growth and innovation in Canada, such as problem solving and critical thinking.
  • To date, four sectors including aviation/aerospace; information and communications technology; biotechnology; and environment have been announced by the Government of Canada as delivery partners in the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program.

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Student Work-Integrated Learning Program

The Student Work-Integrated Learning Program will provide post-secondary students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and business more quality student work placements and improved partnerships between employers and post-secondary education (PSE) institutions.

Agreements will be put in place with employer delivery partners, including recognized industry associations and organizations that represent the interests of businesses in key sectors in STEM and business.

These partners will be responsible for establishing partnerships with employers and PSE institutions and will provide eligible employers in STEM and business with wage subsidies for quality student work placements, up to 50 percent of the wage cost for the placement (up to a maximum of $5,000 per placement) and up to 70 percent (up to a maximum of $7,000 per placement) for first-year students and under-represented groups, such as women in STEM, Indigenous students, people with disabilities and newcomers.

Employers, including small and medium-sized enterprises and PSE institutions, will work together to help students become job-ready and develop the full complement of skills employers are seeking.


Budget 2017 announced $221 million over five years, starting in 2017-18, to renew and expand funding for Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that has a goal of providing 10,000 research internships for post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows each year.


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Media Advisory – Ottawa’s youth face off against homelessness

Media Advisory – Ottawa’s youth face off against homelessness

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OTTAWA, Nov. 24, 2017 /CNW/ – After the Grey Cup game has been won, a different battle will take place on the field at TD Place: Ottawa’s youth against homelessness. The Youth Service Bureau’s (YSB) SleepOut for Youth 2017 takes place on Thursday, November 30, through to Friday morning. Prominent Ottawa leaders will be joined by youth from across the city to spend the night outdoors at The Stadium at TD Place (Lansdowne) to raise awareness and funds for street-involved and homeless youth in Ottawa.

Upwards of 600 high school students, youth leadership groups, volunteers, and local business and civic leaders will take part in this inspiring youth-led initiative, despite the chilly temperatures expected. This is YSB’s most important fundraising event of the year; funds raised will go towards housing and support services for Ottawa’s 1000 homeless youth.

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An event to raise awareness and funds to support YSB’s work with street-involved youth and to end youth homelessness in Ottawa


Thursday, November 30
Event registration and set-up begins at 5:00 p.m.; opening remarks at 7:00 p.m.
Event wraps up the following morning:
7 a.m. announcement of fundraising total


The Stadium at TD Place, Lansdowne Park – 1015 Bank St.


YSB Executive Director Joanne Lowe, community leaders, 600 participants


About the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa
YSB is one of the largest and most comprehensive non-profit agencies serving youth in Ottawa. It offers more than 30 programs and serves 3,500 youth and families every month in the areas of youth engagement, housing and homelessness, mental health, youth justice, and employment.

This year’s event is presented by The BRICK and hosted by TD Place, with sponsors Bell Let’s Talk, Homestead, Scotiabank, Bridgehead, Whole Foods, Gabriel Pizza, Kettleman’s Bagels, Saxon Chocolates, CTV, Majic 100 and CFRA.


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