Five years after Canada apologized to residential school survivors the Assembly of First Nations says there is a growing frustration among Aboriginal people with the work that’s been done to follow up on the pledge.
AFN chief Shawn Atleo says the historic apology included a commitment by the government to join First Nations on a shared journey toward healing and reconciliation.
However he says the government continues to act for First Nations, often announcing programs and moves unilaterally.
In a release Atleo says he and the other members of the executive recently wrote a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper outlining key areas for action.
Regional Chief Bill Erasmus echoed those sentiments saying all those who were affected by the schools must be supported in their healing journey.
Meanwhile the government issued a statement of its own.
Aboriginal Affairs minister Bernard Valcourt said the impact of those schools continues to be felt by people today.
He adds the government is placing significant importance on trying to reconcile with aboriginal people.