There were two problems with Justin Trudeau’s recent apology to the Inuit for the federal government’s treatment of tuberculosis patients. Firstly, it left the Dene and others who suffered under similar policies feeling forgotten again. An apology should do no further harm. Secondly, like so much this government does, the apology was a symbolic gesture without any of the action a real apology demands. An apology that doesn’t address the North’s current tuberculosis crisis is hardly an apology at all.
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