Here's an interesting article in the wake of the tragic news from Saskatchewan regarding the 'discovery' of the 750+ graves that's worth reading. It's from 3 years ago and announced that the Archdiocese of Regina donated $70,000 to repair and upgrade the cemetery where these children were buried. If you read it you will see that while the media suggests that this is a 'discovery' of 'unknown' graves, the First Nation and the Church have know of the cemeteries existence for many years and that the Church gave the money to aid in the restoration as act of reconciliation for the harm that was done at that residential school. While this in no way diminishes the gravity and horror of so many children dying while separated from their families throughout the years with the complicit participation of the Church, it does demonstrate that the all parties knew of the existence of these graves and that the local Catholic diocese was working towards obtaining a
Finally, some actual perspective on the recent 'discovery' of the buried children who died in residential schools. It make clear two essential points that I've been repeating over and over again since the news reports started. (1) That these burials WERE known by Native First Nations, the Churches, and the Federal Government. They were neither secret nor a surprise. And (2) that it is the fault of the Federal Government that the cemeteries were neglected and allowed to grow over because they did not take any steps to preserve or protect these sacred burial grounds. Please read this article and the paper it references written by Dr. Scott Hamilton (entitled 'Where Are The Children Buried' ) and you will see the truth about these burials, the cause of death for most of the children, and who is responsible for the insult of ignoring and neglecting their places of burial. You will see that while the Church indeed has a great deal to answer for as regards the abuse that
This IS a terrorist act committed against Muslims in Canada. I hope and pray that the responsible party is tried and convicted of terrorism and hate crimes. He has lost any rights to be considered a member of a civilized Canadian society and should be considered a pariah in our midst. The same fate should befall any one who commits similar crimes against another simply because of their race, religion, or ethnicity. Muslim community reacts in horror after 4 killed in what police call 'premeditated' hit-and-run | CTV News
Statement of Bishop Guy Desrochers Following the recent discovery at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School This week, the Federal Government published its report on the recommendations of the Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. While this is important and necessary, it is overshadowed by the recent findings that 215 Indigenous children were buried in unmarked graves at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation. The pain and loss all First Nations people in Canada are feeling following the news of these findings is immeasurable. I express my deep regret, shame, and sorrow to you, all Indigenous Peoples of Canada. As genuine and simple as these words are, I understand that they ring hollow if not acted on appropriately. Our, and your, consolation is that truth can lead to reconciliation and healing. This truth, now brought to light, challenges us to seek ways to reconcile our hurtful past, with our present, i
Pandemic cut short Canadian life expectancy by 5 months, StatCan says | CTV News : Statistics Canada says that deaths due to COVID-19 in 2020 reduced the country's average life expectancy at birth by 0.4 years, or just under five months.