Mr. Speaker, tansi, delangete, yesterday was truly a historic day. A sincere and meaningful apology for the sad legacy of residential schools was given by this government.
Although the apology was significant and necessary, this government is pleased to be putting our words into actions by following through with compensation to former students of residential schools, and most important, getting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission up and running.
Under the leadership of the chief commissioner, Justice Harry LaForme, the commission will play an important role leading to a better understanding of the history and the impact residential schools had on aboriginal communities.
I am pleased that the work of the commission began on June 1 and that this government is following through on its commitments to Canada's aboriginal communities.
As a friend of many survivors of residential schools, yesterday's apology was a significant step in a new direction.
It is an honour to serve as a member of this Conservative government that has kept its promise.