Indigenous leaders demand an apology from the Catholic Church after the discovery of a mass grave for children in Canada


An indigenous Canadian group announced on Saturday plans to identify the bodies of 215 children. CBC News..

Big picture: The Roman Catholic Church is calling for an apology for the role of the Roman Catholic Church in Canada’s policies of the 19th and 20th centuries for indigenous children to leave their families and attend state-sponsored boarding schools.

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Details: Rosanne Casimir, Chief of Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation, said: In a statement Announcing the discovery on Thursday, “As far as we know, these missing children are undocumented deaths.”

  • She said in a subsequent statement that more bodies could be found at the Kamloops Indian Boarding School run by the Catholic Church. Closed in 1978, The reason is that not all areas of the site have been investigated.

  • First Nations Regional Head Terry TG told CBC that forensic professionals would attend the BC Coroner Service and the Royal BC Museum for identification.

  • Prime Minister Trudeau tweeted On Friday, he said the discovery was “a bitter reminiscent of a dark and embarrassing chapter in our history.”

Pay attention to: The Roman Catholic Church refused to apologize for being identified as “cultural genocide” by the Canadian Truth Commission in 2015. Trudeau writingg Ask Pope Francis.

  • Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society Told to CTV News On Friday, the church should apologize and “fulfill family liability.”

  • Archbishop J. Michael Miller said in a statement to CTV News:[W]I swear to do whatever I can to heal that suffering. “

Line spacing: It is not yet known how the children died, but the Truth Commission estimates that more than 4,000 children have died due to accidents, fires and infectious diseases at boarding schools. We do, “the Washington Post wrote.

Editor’s Note: This article has been totally updated with new details.

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