Hundreds of bodies reported found in unmarked graves at former Saskatchewan residential school

The total number of graves near the former Marieval Indian Residential School is expected to be over three times higher than the 215 discovered recently in Kamloops A Saskatchewan First Nation says it has made the “horrific and shocking discovery” of hundreds of unmarked graves — many believed to be children — near a formerContinue reading “Hundreds of bodies reported found in unmarked graves at former Saskatchewan residential school”

Missing residential school records: Vatican won’t release documents, feds destroyed files

While the Vatican has refused to release residential school records, it isn’t the only body suppressing the racism and abuse experienced within these institutions. The Canadian government destroyed 15 tons of paper documents related to the residential school system between 1936 and 1944, including 200,000 Indian Affairs files. From the age of four, Mike Cachagee attendedContinue reading “Missing residential school records: Vatican won’t release documents, feds destroyed files”

Renewed calls for Catholic Church apology after Canada mass grave find

An Indigenous Canadian group announced plans Saturday to identify the remains of 215 children, some as young as three, found buried at the site of a former residential school, per CBC News. The big picture: The discovery of the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation children’s remains has renewed calls for the Roman Catholic Church to apologize forContinue reading “Renewed calls for Catholic Church apology after Canada mass grave find”

Polish schools will teach that EU is “unlawful entity”, says education minister

Pupils in Polish schools will be taught that the European Union is an “unlawful entity”, says the education minister, Przemysław Czarnek. He also wants history classes to focus more on teaching “pride” in Poland’s past rather than, as before, “shame” about it. Czarnek was asked about the government’s new “Polish Deal” programme, which was unveiled on Saturday.Continue reading “Polish schools will teach that EU is “unlawful entity”, says education minister”

Poland checks for Indian variant after nun returning from India tests positive and dozens infected

Poland is checking to see if it has its first confirmed case of the Indian variant of the coronavirus following reports that a Catholic nun returning from India tested positive for the virus and possibly caused the infection of dozens of others. Three Missionaries of Charity convents in Warsaw and Katowice have now reported mass outbreaksContinue reading “Poland checks for Indian variant after nun returning from India tests positive and dozens infected”

Human rights chief warns Poland becoming ‘undemocratic’

Polish human rights chief Adam Bodnar criticised the EU for its slow response to the government’s rule of law violations, warning in an interview that Poland risked becoming “undemocratic”. The ombudsman told AFP that the governing populists were “trying to incapacitate or take over additional power mechanisms one by one”. The 44-year-old law professor spokeContinue reading “Human rights chief warns Poland becoming ‘undemocratic’”

Catholic Counter-Reformation: Crash Course European History #9

When the Protestant Reformation broke out in Western Europe, the Catholic Church got the message, at least a little bit. Pope Paul III called a council to look into reforming some aspects of the Catholic Church and try to stem the tide of competing Christian sects popping up all over the place. The Council ofContinue reading “Catholic Counter-Reformation: Crash Course European History #9”

The Protestant Reformation: Crash Course European History #6

You may have noticed that the internet is terrible at religious discourse. Well, this is not a new phenomenon. In the early 16th century, the Roman Catholic church dominated Christianity in Europe, and the institution was starting to show some cracks. Tensions mounted and protests grew, and eventually, the Protestant Reformation happened. Martin Luther nailedContinue reading “The Protestant Reformation: Crash Course European History #6”

Medieval Europe: Crash Course European History #1

Our European history is going to start around 1500 with the Renaissance, but believe it or not, that is not the actual beginning of history in the continent. So, today, we’re going to teach you the broad outlines of the so-called Middle Ages, and look at events like the Black Plague, the Hundred Years War,Continue reading “Medieval Europe: Crash Course European History #1”

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