Posts Tagged ‘Residential schools Canada’

Saskatchewan judge refuses to release Residential School document

Thursday, August 5th, 2021

A judge in Saskatchewan is refusing to release a document outlining how the Catholic Church fulfilled Residential School reparations to First Nation people. The alleged document details $25 million in “in-kind” services the Catholic Church provided as compensation for Residential school survivors — one of their obligations in the Residential School Settlement of 2006. Court Read more

Priest’s remarks close down Winnipeg parish Masses

Monday, August 2nd, 2021
Winnipeg masses cancelled

Sunday masses are being cancelled at the Winnipeg Catholic church, where a Canadian priest questioned the motives of residential school survivors. The Archdiocese of St. Boniface said Saturday that the three masses scheduled for Sunday at St. Emile Catholic Church have been cancelled on the recommendation of Winnipeg police. During a July 10 mass, Father Read more

Why hasn’t Pope Francis apologised in Canada? Ask the bishops

Monday, July 12th, 2021

In the last two months, over 1,000 unmarked graves of Indigenous children at four residential schools have been discovered in Canada: 182 at St. Eugene’s Mission School and 215 at Kamloops Indian Residential School (British Columbia), 104 at Brandon Indian Residential School (Manitoba), and up to 751 at Marieval Indian Residential School(Saskatchewan). And there will 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

Queens’ statues toppled, churches vandalised as indigenous children protests escalate

Monday, July 5th, 2021

Statues have been toppled, and at least 11 churches vandalised in Canadian protests over the historical treatment of indigenous people. Tensions boiled over after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves in residential schools. The graves are thought to belong to indigenous Canadians. A statue of Queen Victoria was toppled during protests in Winnipeg, Manitoba Read more

Canadian archbishop’s sermon fuels anger over residential schools

Monday, July 5th, 2021
residential schools anger

Archbishop Richard Gagnon has sparked anger by implying that the church is being persecuted amid widespread attention to gravesite discoveries at residential schools. Gagnon, the president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the archbishop of Winnipeg, delivered a homily on Sunday. The sermon has triggered an intense backlash from many quarters. In his Read more

Four Catholic churches destroyed on Indigenous land in a week

Thursday, July 1st, 2021

Canadian authorities are investigating multiple fires that destroyed four Catholic churches on Indigenous land in the past week. They are the latest in a string of recent events affecting the country’s Indigenous communities. The churches were destroyed as Canada confronts its history of systemic abuse of Indigenous communities. Recent discoveries of hundreds of human remains Read more

Canadian bishops to send Indigenous delegation to meet Pope Francis on residential schools

Monday, June 14th, 2021

The national assembly of Catholic bishops in Canada is preparing to send a delegation of Indigenous people to the Vatican for a visit with Pope Francis to discuss Canada’s residential school system and the role the Catholic church played. In a statement Thursday, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) said it has been preparing Read more