Aboriginal children were severely abused sexually and physically and endured horrible conditions. Many were mal-nourished and suffered depression and many committed suicide.
The last residential school closed in 1996 and it's estimated more than 6000 aboriginal children died.
The reconciliation act began in 2008 for the Canadian government to own up to their mistakes and to help start the healing process for survivors. Aboriginals are now acknowledged and free to practice their culture and religion.