Premier to issue formal apology to former residents of Home for Colored Children

The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children is pictured in Dartmouth. File/Global News

HALIFAX – Premier Stephen McNeil is expected to issue a formal apology Friday to former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children who allege years of abuse.

Tony Smith, who speaks for the group, says an apology will be a meaningful gesture.

But Smith notes an apology comes too late for some former residents who’ve since died.

People who allege they were abused at the home won a $34-million settlement.

They allege physical, psychological and sexual abuse over several decades at the orphanage after it opened in 1921.

The Liberal government has promised to hold a public inquiry into the alleged abuse at the home.

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