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Session 31

The Canadian prime minister has apologised for the wrongful hanging of indigenous leaders in 1864. Neil and Dan teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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News Review

Justin Trudeau apologises for wrongful killing

In 1864, five First Nation chiefs were tried and hanged over the killing of 14 white settlers. Now the Canadian prime ministed has apologised to the indigenous Tshilhqot’in people. Neil and Dan bring you the language you need to talk about this story.

Language challenge

Which word means ‘naturally existed in that land’ before settlers arrived?

a) ingenious
b) indigenous
c) indignant

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The story

The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has formally apologised for the hanging in the 19th century of a group of indigenous leaders by the British colonial authorities.

In 1864, five First Nation chiefs were tried and hanged over the killing of 14 white settlers after coming to what they thought were peace talks.

Mr Trudeau said he hoped the apology would help to heal relations with the Tshilhqot’in people.

Key words and phrases

officially states someone is not guilty


should have happened already

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Language challenge - answer

b) indigenous


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