First Nation receives long-overdue apology

The Tla-oqui-aht First Nation of British Columbia accepted an apology from the descendants of an American fur trader who burned down a Native village on Vancouver Island more than 200 years ago.

In 1791-92, U.S. Captain Robert Gray ordered his crew to burn destroy the village of Chief Opitsaht and kidnap his son. Gray had mistakenly feared an attack.

But First Nation leaders today noted that they had welcomed Gray in peace. They welcomed Gray's descendants back to their community for a weekend of ceremonies.

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Historic apology to First Nation (CBC 7/18)
Descendants of U.S. fur trader apologizes to natives near Tofino, B.C. (CP 7/18)