CCCB statement regarding recent discovery at former Kamloops Indian Residential School
Statement from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops following the recent discovery at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation
On behalf of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), I express our deepest sorrow for the heartrending loss of the children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.
The news of the recent discovery is shocking. It rekindles trauma in numerous communities across this land. Honouring the dignity of the lost little ones demands that the truth be brought to light.
This tragedy profoundly impacts Indigenous communities, with whom many people across this land and throughout the world now stand in solidarity.
As we see ever more clearly the pain and suffering of the past, the Bishops of Canada pledge to continue walking side by side with Indigenous Peoples in the present, seeking greater healing and reconciliation for the future.
We lift up prayers to the Lord for the children who have lost their lives and pledge our close accompaniment of Indigenous families and communities.
May our Creator God bless all of us with consolation and hope.
+ Richard Gagnon
Archbishop of Winnipeg and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, 31 May 2021
5/31/2021 05:35:51 pm
This is a start, but I don’t see anywhere where the church is standing up and taking the blame for the way the people were treated in the Catholic run schools. Our Pope must issue a news release accepting blame for this unbelievable news.
6/2/2021 08:28:04 am
Thank you for putting forth this statement to your faithful flocks. So, so heartbreaking and we must all accept responsibility, our challenge is acknowledging the truth in all humility, insist on active means of reconciliation and forgiveness and not in just a monetary way. We must always turn to God as He reveals sin to us. The horrors of the disregard for human life, created in God’s image has to make us determined to do all we can, not just make us uncomfortable in our seats.
6/2/2021 03:20:41 pm
The news of the discovery at the Kamloops Elementary School is alarming at first. Thinking about this discovery and asking questions, I began to wonder how did the mass grave come about? Was there an epidemic at the school and the children had to be buried quickly? Were these children orphans with nowhere to bury them? Was this burial site present prior to the residential school being built? What was the historical context of this situation? The media certainly does not want to ask questions and find facts. They have already made their judgement. They want to blame the Church and make Her look bad and discredit Her. They always assume the worst with the Church. They are not on our side.
6/5/2021 06:29:59 pm
I would disagree that the entire Church is to blame for what transpired in residential schools. As many First Nations have told us, it is the responsibility of the Black Robes. Also remember that not all 143 residential schools across Canada were administered by various religious congregations. Several residential schools were administered by other religious denominations.
6/5/2021 08:39:53 pm
Jesus Christ our Saviour, Master and Lord said; "I m the Way, the Truth and the Life ....."
7/5/2021 03:33:07 pm
We (Canadian catholics) are being bullied by our Prime Minister demanding that the Pope show up on Canadian soil and apologize for abusing children in the residential schools in Canada. They, the Federal Government funded and over saw the operation of the indigenous residential schools. Our Bishops need to be more proactive in making truthful statements about the accusations of abuse and the causes of students deaths while under the schools care. There has to be tons of documents of communications between the gov't and Bishops which would shine some light on this subject to give us an honest look at what happened over the yrs.
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