Alvin Dixon of the Indian Residential School Survivors Society and Co-Chair of the Native Ministries Council of the United Church speaks to the gathering.
Wii Haughtkm Skiik (Don McKay) is a survivor of the Residential School in Edmonton. He sued the United Church and the government of Canada for the abuse that he endured during 12 years at Residential School. In 2005, an out-of-court settlement agreement was reached among all the parties. That settlement included compensation and the provision that the United Church would host an apology feast in his house. Representatives of the Church and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada offered apologies on behalf of The United Church of Canada and the Government of Canada. Among those present at the feast were members of the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, as well as other survivors of Residential Schools. In addition to the formal apology, the feast included a ceremonial retelling of Don’s story of being taken away to Residential School and then returning to the community at Lax Kw'alaams. The Church presented plaques to the community and gifts to Don, including a blanket symbolizing comfort and healing.