TADOULE LAKE – Members of the Sayisi Dene First Nation in northern Manitoba have received a formal apology and as well as compensation for the forced relocation of their community 60 years ago.
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett fulfilled an agreement reached three years ago over a forced move that led to death, hunger and violence.
The director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Ry Moran says the federal apology will come with a $33-million settlement package.
“It will be put into a trust fund that recognizes that there’s a lot of work required in the future to help communities rebuild and find strength again.”
The Manitoba government apologized in 2010 for its role in the relocation, a relocation that Moran says was brutal.
“It wasn’t just a matter of picking people up, it was a matter of picking people up, moving them to places that they weren’t familiar with, and then breaking a whole bunch of promises.”
The community of Churchill, where the Sayisi Dene First Nation was forced to move from Duck Lake in 1956, has also previously apologized for their role.