St. Michael's residential school set for demolition

St. Michael's Indian Residential School in Alert Bay, B.C. will be demolished later this month, while Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 will see residential school survivors, First Nations leaders, national leaders and Anglican Chuch representatives gathered at the site to participate in a special ceremony.

The healing and celebration ceremony is to provide survivors the opportunity to 'mark the passing of a dark era in history', while looking ahead with hope for healing and reconciliation, according to a Reconciliation Canada news release.

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St. Michael's survivor and Reconciliation Canada Ambassador Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, along with participants Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Union of BC Indian Chiefs Vice President Chief Bob Chamberlin, Regional Director General, BC Region, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Eric Magnuson and BC Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould were at the ceremony, the release went on to say.

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