Statement by Louise Bradley, President and CEO, Mental Health Commission of Canada:
“The Mental Health Commission of Canada commends the Government of Canada for its apology to the residential school survivors of Newfoundland and Labrador. This is an important step in the ongoing work towards reconciliation in Canada.
This apology acknowledges responsibility for the trauma endured by the Indigenous peoples who survived living in Newfoundland and Labrador’s residential schools. It is critical to redressing the ongoing legacy of residential schools which systematically shattered kinships, culture and community and has caused lasting social and economic disparities.
It will take all of us, Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, to build upon our strengths to achieve wellness in our country.”
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The Mental Health Commission of Canada is a catalyst for change. We are collaborating with hundreds of partners to change the attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and to improve services and support. Our goal is to help people who live with mental health problems and illnesses lead meaningful and productive lives. Together we create change. The Mental Health Commission of Canada is funded by Health Canada.
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Hélène Côté, Senior Communications Advisor, Public Affairs
Mental Health Commission of Canada