Statement from Archbishop Richard Gagnon on the Kamloops Residential School

Published May 30, 2021

On behalf of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, I would like to express our deepest sorrow over the discovery of the unmarked graves of over 200 children at the Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia. This is a truly shocking event that touches the hearts of all of us but in a particular way, the people of the Kamloops Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation and indeed First Nations People everywhere.

The trauma, sadness and on-going suffering experienced by many people, makes it very important that the truth about the Residential Schools be brought to the fore. Throughout the country, this recent discovery of the graves has ignited even more suffering and has reopened the wounds of many people.

The Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg pledge their prayers and support for First Nations People throughout Canada, and we pray particularly for the children who have died at the Kamloops Residential Schools, other Residential Schools, and for their families who have long sought answers about what has happened to their children. We pledge to continue to walk the path of reconciliation and establish relationships built on Peace, Justice and Love.

Archbishop Richard Gagnon's Statement on the Explosion in Beirut 

Published August 6, 2020

The people of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg join with many others around the world in expressing our solidarity with the Lebanese people who are suffering the loss of loved ones or those who were injured in the tragic explosion in the port of Beirut. Lebanon has experienced much suffering and difficulty in recent decades and the explosion in Beirut has compounded these difficulties, socially, politically, medically and spiritually. The Lebanese people in the diaspora around the world have greatly contributed to other societies through their education, culture, faith and strong work ethic. Manitoba has been a recipient of the blessings that the Lebanese people have brought with them. We continue to pray for Lebanon that there will be a stable and just peace in their society and that, with the help of people around the world, a rebuilding of their country in the wake of this humanitarian emergency.

Those who wish to give a financial contribution to this humanitarian emergency may do so through the Development and Peace – Caritas Canada website:

Give a Financial Contribution through Development and Peace - Caritas Canada