RCMP apologize for saying Indigenous children were "sent away" to residential school

Oct 1 2020, 3:17 pm

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have apologized for a tweet saying Indigenous children were “sent away” to residential school.

The tweet was sent on September 30 or Orange Shirt Day, a day recognizing the atrocities committed against Indigenous people at residential schools.

Mounties said children were “sent away,” when in reality they were often forcibly taken from their homes, in many instances by RCMP officers.

Several people criticized the force on Twitter Thursday for failing to acknowledge that in their Orange Shirt Day tweet.

A day after the original tweet was sent, the RCMP issued an apology.

“Words matter,” it said. “This #OrangeShirtDay tweet used language that lessens the tragedy of Indigenous children removed, sometimes forcibly, from their families and communities. They were taken, not ‘sent away’. We regret the language used and the hurt this has caused.”

Megan DevlinMegan Devlin

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