Residential Schools: Pope to visit Canada, meet with Indigenous leaders – CBC News

Pope Francis has agreed to visit Canada ‘in the context of the long-standing pastoral process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples,’ the Vatican said on Wednesday.

Millions meant for residential school survivors spent on Catholic Church lawyers, administration: documents

Documents obtained by CBC News detail long list of alleged violations of survivor agreement by church The Roman Catholic Church spent millions of dollars that were supposed to go to residential school survivors on lawyers, administration, a private fundraising company and unapproved loans, according to documents obtained by CBC News. The documents include a hostContinue reading “Millions meant for residential school survivors spent on Catholic Church lawyers, administration: documents”

KUPER ISLAND ~ Residential School Survivors Documentary

Residential schools, reconciliation added to curriculum for B.C. Up until now B.C. students didn’t typically learn about residential schools until Grade 11 social studies. But this fall, new curriculum material will be available for Grades 5, 10, 11 and 12. KUPER ISLAND: Return to the Healing Circle. Residential School Survivors. It was the Kuper IslandContinue reading “KUPER ISLAND ~ Residential School Survivors Documentary”

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”

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.”

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”

US to investigate ‘unspoken traumas’ of Native American boarding schools

Deb Haaland announced an initiative to ‘uncover the truth’ of policies that forced Indigenous children to assimilate The US government will investigate the troubled legacy of Native American boarding schools and work to “uncover the truth about the loss of human life and the lasting consequences” of the institutions, which over the decades forced hundredsContinue reading “US to investigate ‘unspoken traumas’ of Native American boarding schools”

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