Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

Indigenous foundation returns $500K to Catholic nuns

Monday, July 4th, 2022

A foundation that provides university scholarships to indigenous students across Canada has severed its ties with a group of Victoria-based Catholic nuns by returning a $500,000 donation. The Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation announced this week that it had decided to give back the endowment, received in December 2017, to the Sisters of St Ann, Read more

Anglican leader apologizes to Canadian residential school survivors for church’s role

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

The head of the Anglican Communion told a gathering of Canadian residential school survivors Saturday he was sorry for the church’s role in the “terrible crime” that was committed. The Rev. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, visited the James Smith Cree Nation and heard stories shared by residential school survivors. “It was the church Read more

Indigenous peoples, spirituality and Catholicism

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

“For a long time, I have been interested in how the faith of indigenous peoples is expressed,” says Father François Paradis (75), an Oblate of Mary Immaculate (OMI) missionary in Canada. Paradis studied the traditional beliefs of the First Nations peoples for a long time before he began adding some of their elements – like Read more

Archbishop of Canterbury to meet area residential school survivors

Monday, April 11th, 2022

The Archbishop of Canterbury will hold an informal meeting with residential school survivors next month in Brantford. The Most Rev. Justin Welby, head of the Church of England and leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, is visiting Canada from April 29 to May 3 to highlight the church’s desire to pursue reconciliation with indigenous people. Read more

Catholic books purged and burned

Monday, September 13th, 2021

Thousands of Catholic books have been removed from school libraries in the name of “reconciliation” in Ontario, Canada. Popular French-language publications such as Tintin, Asterix and Lucky Luke are among the titles purged from the shelves. The discarded books were deemed subversive and allegedly perpetuated racist stereotypes, with illustrations or language deemed offensive to minorities. Read more

Surviving residential school

Thursday, July 8th, 2021
Dave Rundle

His story doesn’t begin with a stranger in shadow-black darkening the door of his log cabin, but it is the first thing he mentions. It was the day in 1955 the priest came with papers in hand and the determination to steal away Dave Rundle, 10, and his brother Lawrence, 5, from their parents and Read more

Why retrieving former residential school records has proved so difficult

Thursday, July 1st, 2021

The discovery of potentially hundreds of unmarked graves near former residential schools in B.C. and Saskatchewan has prompted calls for the Catholic Church, which ran dozens of the institutions across the country, to release its records. Last week, the Cowessess First Nation announced the preliminary discovery of 751 unmarked graves at the former Marieval Indian Residential School. Read more

The theological reason why the Catholic Church is reticent to apologise for residential schools

Monday, June 14th, 2021

The Catholic Church seems to be tripping over itself to avoid issuing a clear and definitive apology for the church’s role in Canada’s residential schools after the remains of 215 children were reportedly discovered outside a Catholic-run school in Kamloops. While concerns about liability may be a factor, one significant barrier is theological. In traditional Read more

Hate attack prompts Catholic support for Muslims

Monday, June 14th, 2021
The Globe and Mail

Canadian faith communities and politicians are united in strongly condemning a hate attack on a Muslim family in which several people died. Four members of the family were killed by a driver on 6 June and a nine-year-old boy was seriously injured. Police say killing the family was a deliberate act. They believe the family Read more

Canadian appeal court to hear case of hospice refusing to offer euthanasia

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

The British Columbia hospice that is trying to preserve its historical opposition to euthanasia is being taken to the Court of Appeal. Because of its views, the Delta Hospice Society (a member-run organisation) is likely to lose $1.5 million in funding from the Fraser Health Authority, a public health care authority in British Columbia. It Read more