B.C. First Nation says more than 160 unmarked graves found

Penelakut Tribe notifies neighbouring communities about discovery The Penelakut Tribe in B.C.’s Southern Gulf Islands says it has found more than 160 “undocumented and unmarked” graves in the area, which was also once home to the Kuper Island Residential School. The tribe informed neighbouring First Nations communities of the discovery in a newsletter posted online on Monday morning.Continue reading “B.C. First Nation says more than 160 unmarked graves found”

Former Catholic church in rural Sask. destroyed in fire

A former Polish Roman Catholic church in rural Saskatchewan was destroyed by fire Thursday. The church was located near Redberry Lake, which is about 80 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon. Lynn Swystun, who lives about a mile and a half west of the church, says she noticed smoke from her yard around 12:15 p.m. then drove toContinue reading “Former Catholic church in rural Sask. destroyed in fire”

Archbishop fuels more anger by saying the church is being persecuted over residential schools

A recent homily by the head of Canadian Catholic bishops is sparking anger, after he implied that the church is being persecuted amid widespread attention to gravesite discoveries at residential schools. On Sunday, three days after an announcement that a preliminary search with ground-penetrating radar had found 751 unmarked graves at the site of a former Catholic-runContinue reading “Archbishop fuels more anger by saying the church is being persecuted over residential schools”

Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II statues toppled in Canada amid anger at deaths of Indigenous children

Statues brought down as part of protests at treatment of Indigenous children in notorious residential schools Statues of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II have been toppled in Canada amid growing outrage over the discovery of unmarked graves belonging to Indigenous children. A group gathered at the Manitoba legislature in Winnipeg pulled down the statue of VictoriaContinue reading “Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II statues toppled in Canada amid anger at deaths of Indigenous children”

“Stop financing fascism”: public figures appeal to Polish government after grants to far-right groups

Over 160 public figures have supported an open letter to Poland’s culture minister calling on him to “stop financing fascism” after far-right groups were given over 3 million zloty (€660,000) in grants from a state “Patriotic Fund”. Among those to receive the money are the organisers of the Independence March (Marsz Niepodległości), an annual event founded byContinue reading ““Stop financing fascism”: public figures appeal to Polish government after grants to far-right groups”

182 unmarked graves found near former residential school outside Cranbrook, B.C.

Another Indigenous community in B.C. says ground-penetrating radar has found human remains near a former residential school. In a statement released Wednesday, the Lower Kootenay Band said remains of 182 people were found in unmarked graves close to the former St. Eugene’s Mission School near Cranbrook.  The statement says the Aq’am community conducted the searchContinue reading “182 unmarked graves found near former residential school outside Cranbrook, B.C.”

Polish Catholic Church reveals hundreds of new sexual abuse claims

Hundred of cases of sexual abuse of children by clergy in the Polish Catholic Church were revealed on Monday. In a new report 369 cases of sexual assault, committed between 1958 and 2020, were reported between July 2018 and the end of last year. The report comes as the politically-influential church faces a series ofContinue reading “Polish Catholic Church reveals hundreds of new sexual abuse claims”

Justin Trudeau says Pope Francis should apologize on Canadian soil for church’s role in residential schools

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Pope Francis should come to Canada and apologize on behalf of the Catholic Church for its role in running residential schools for Indigenous children, after hundreds of bodies were located in two unmarked graves. Trudeau said Friday in Ottawa that he spoke with the pope one day after Cowessess FirstContinue reading “Justin Trudeau says Pope Francis should apologize on Canadian soil for church’s role in residential schools”

Pope John Paul II statue vandalized with red paint at Edmonton church

A statue of Pope John Paul II outside the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in north-central Edmonton was vandalized with red paint overnight. Edmonton police could be seen investigating Sunday outside the Polish church at 11485 106 St., where the statue was covered in red handprints. Teddy bears and other stuffed animals sat at the statue’s base, andContinue reading “Pope John Paul II statue vandalized with red paint at Edmonton church”

More churches burn down on Canada indigenous land

Two more Catholic churches burned down in indigenous communities in western Canada early on Saturday. The fires at St Ann’s Church and the Chopaka Church began within in an hour of each other in British Columbia. Officers said both buildings were completely destroyed, and that they are treating the fires as “suspicious”. Last Monday two otherContinue reading “More churches burn down on Canada indigenous land”

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