Posts Tagged ‘Canadian residential schools’

No bodies found in excavations at Canadian residential schools

Monday, September 4th, 2023
Canadian residential schools

Recent excavations at suspected mass grave sites of Indigenous children at Canadian residential schools have failed to uncover any human remains. Some academics and politicians say this development has raised doubts about the veracity of claims surrounding these alleged graves. Minegoziibe Anishinabe, also known as Pine Creek First Nation, conducted excavations at Our Lady of Read more

Vatican repudiates Doctrine of Discovery, Indigenous leaders call for further action

Monday, April 17th, 2023
Doctrine of Discovery

Indigenous leaders have responded to the recent Vatican acknowledgement that the Doctrine of Discovery was not a teaching of the Catholic Church, stating that it should be just the beginning. The doctrine was supported by papal bulls (edicts) that legitimised colonial actions in seizing Indigenous lands, and it has been used to deny Indigenous peoples Read more

Calls to crisis lines double after Pope’s apology for ‘deplorable evil’

Monday, August 1st, 2022
calls to crisis lines

The number of calls being made to crisis lines in Canada has doubled following the Pope’s apology for the ‘deplorable evil’ committed by members of the Catholic Church. “After (the apology) people just came in droves to us,” said Nola Jeffrey, executive director of Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society, a substance abuse and trauma help centre Read more

Judge fails pope’s apology

Thursday, July 28th, 2022

Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission into the historic abuse of Indigenous people demanded apologies. Pope Francis apologised on Monday. Not everyone thinks it was enough. Some regard Francis’s words as a “historic” moment of reckoning for the 150,000 Indigenous students forced to attend residential schools. But a former judge and senator who chaired the 2015 Read more

Canadian residential school survivors: ‘We can forgive, but we’ll never forget’

Monday, July 25th, 2022
Canadian residential school survivors

Residential school survivors from the Canadian province of Manitoba preparing to travel to Edmonton for the Pope’s first stop in Canada have said, ‘We can forgive, but we’ll never forget.’ Linda Daniels, 68, is one of those travelling to see Pope Francis. She was forced to attend the Sandy Bay Residential School, and is nervous Read more

Canadian bishops announce indigenous fund is accepting proposals

Thursday, July 21st, 2022

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has announced the special fund to support healing and reconciliation efforts with Indigenous communities has begun accepting proposals. The Indigenous Reconciliation Fund was established in 2022 to support and advance healing and reconciliation initiatives with Indigenous communities, following the Canadian bishops’ pledge to do so last year. The 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

Canadian indigenous give pope moccasins, ask him to walk with them

Thursday, March 31st, 2022
Canadian Indigenous gave pope moccasins

Members of the Métis National Council, a Canadian Indigenous people, gave Pope Francis a set of beaded moccasins and asked him to walk with them on the path of truth, justice and healing. Mitch Case (pictured with Cassidy Carron), a member of the provisional council of the Metis Nation of Ontario, said the gift is Read more

Canadian Government minister stunned residential school payments appeal abandoned

Monday, November 8th, 2021
Minister stunned appeal abandoned

New Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller is stunned that Ottawa abandoned its appeal of a ruling releasing the Catholic Church from its settlement obligations to residential school survivors. Miller says he wants to get to the bottom of the ruling, “I am as puzzled as everyone,” he told The Canadian Press in a recent interview.” Read more