Recent News

‘Mass grave’ narrative misses need for answers and action: researcherJun 14, 2021

Kamloops, B.C. - "Hamilton said the 'mass grave' description “misses the point with the Residential-School story,” a story that unfolded over more than a century and in which appalling conditions led to high death rates due to disease, the most devastating of which was tuberculosis." Click here for the full article published by the B.C. Catholic.

CCCB Statement on the Delegation to the Holy SeeJun 10, 2021

Ottawa - "In conversation with Indigenous people and communities, both at the local and national levels, and bilaterally with the First Nations, Métis and Inuit national organizations, the Bishops, sponsors of this project, have been preparing, for over two years now, a delegation of Indigenous people to meet with the Holy Father to foster meaningful encounters of dialogue and healing. This pastoral visit will include the participation of a diverse group of Elders/Knowledge Keepers, residential school survivors and youth from across the country. The event will likewise provide Pope Francis with a unique opportunity to hear directly from Indigenous Peoples, express his heartfelt closeness, address the impact of colonization and the implication of the Church in the residential schools, so as to respond to the suffering of Indigenous Peoples and the ongoing effects of intergenerational trauma."

Letter by Fr. Raymond de SouzaJun 6, 2021

National Post - "Pope Francis is hardly reluctant on this subject. He has spoken on other occasions and in other places about the mistreatment of Indigenous peoples by Catholics."

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza writes a letter on apologies made by the Catholic Church for their role in the residential school system. Read the full article, here.