Ottawa – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office says he has apologized to the head of the British Columbia First Nation, who invited him to visit Canada’s first National Truth and Reconciliation Day.

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Trudeau flew to Tofino, BC, last Thursday to spend time with his family to mark the painful legacy of Canada’s residential school system.

Reports of his visit drew criticism from Indigenous leaders, who say it was disrespectful to him not to attend events honoring the survivors.

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Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Nation, which earlier this year announced the findings of more than 200 unmarked graves on the site of a former residential school, shared on social media that it invited Trudeau to join in September for “two heartfelt Send invitation”. 30.

His office says Trudeau contacted Chief Rosanne Casimir on Saturday and apologized.

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A spokesman for First Nation confirmed today that talks and an apology had been made, but did not provide any other details.

Trudeau’s office says the prime minister is expected to arrive soon.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 3, 2021