At the National Native Convocation of the Anglican Church in 1993, the Anglican Church of Canada issued an official apology for its role in the residential school system that had existed for almost a century in Canada. The church acknowledged the long-term damage inflicted on Native individuals and communities by the removal of children from their homes and families and the deliberate efforts made to stamp out Native culture. In making this statement, the Anglican Church enhanced the commitment to assist in rectifying the damage done that it had made with the establishment of the Residential School Working Group in 1991. A similar apology by the Oblate Conference of Canada in 1991 had been less well received by Native peoples as it lacked a commitment to tangible efforts to address the damage. The United Church and the Presbyterian Church also offered apologies for their residential schools.