Ottawa, Ontario (WNN) — Catholic bishops in Canada on Friday apologized “blatantly” to indigenous peoples for the suffering in residential schools, as Pope Francis prepares to meet indigenous leaders at the Vatican later this fall. Huh.
Institutions housed children taken from families across the country. From the 19th century to the 1970s, more than 150,000 First Nations children were required to attend state-funded Christian schools as part of a program to assimilate into Canadian society. They were forced to convert to Christianity and were not allowed to speak their native language. Many were beaten and verbally tortured, and up to 6,000 are said to have died.
Catholic bishops in Canada are promising to provide documents that can help “memorize” students buried in unmarked graves, work for the Pope to move to Canada, and fund initiatives recommended by local Indigenous partners. You can raise money to help.
After refusing to provide all documents requested by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and raising less than a sixth of the $25 million Canadian (US$19.8 million) fund promised for Conciliation and Remedy as of 2007 Indian The church has been heavily criticized for this. Residential School Settlement Agreement.
The bishop’s apology is the latest expression of repentance from the Catholic Church’s Canadian arms, but still falls short of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call for the Pope himself to apologize in Canada.
National Indigenous leaders, elders, youth and survivors of residential schools are to travel to Rome in mid-December for four days of meetings, which some hope will be the final harbinger of that apology.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appealed directly to the Pope for an apology during a visit to the Vatican in 2017, but months later Francis said through Canadian bishops that he could not answer the call in person.
The Canadian government apologized in Parliament in 2008 and acknowledged that physical and sexual abuse in schools is rampant. Many students recalled that they were beaten up for speaking their native language. He also lost touch with his parents and customs.