Demolition of St. Michael’s residential school
A building that’s haunted a Vancouver Island community for years will be demolished today.
St. Michael’s Indian Residential School in Alert Bay was run by the Anglican Church from 1030-1975.
Residential school survivors, national leaders and representatives of the Anglican church will be there to mark the occasion.
Doug White, Director of VIU’s Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation, says it’s an important step in the reconciliation process.
He says the school is a reminder of a dark chapter in Canadian history.
White says demolishing the building will help the community heal and move forward.
Around 160-thousand aboriginal children were sent to residential schools in Canada. Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued an official apology in 2008.