Harper's Residential Schools Apology Was "Attempt To Kill The Story": Ex-PMO Speechwriter
Paul Bunner worked in the PMO during the historic 2008 apology.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s 2008 apology to Indian residential school survivors was a “strategic attempt to kill the story,” according to a former speechwriter in the Prime Minister’s Office at the time.
The best that can be said of Harper's apology is that it was a strategic attempt to kill the story and move on to a better relationship between Natives and Non-Natives. Unfortunately, it only appears to have deepened the conviction that Church and State conspired not only to "kill the Indian in the child," but also to physically exterminate the whole race. The Aboriginal grievance and entitlement narrative continues to gather momentum.