The Church of Canada has finally created its Meena Gulpa after more than a thousand graves were discovered near former residential schools, according to a report released Friday, September 24, following the annual general meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference from the country.
“We, the Catholic Bishops of Canada, express our deepest condolences and unequivocally apologize.”, Thanked “Suffering in Residential Schools” And this “Serious Abuse by Some Members” Of the Catholic community.
“Many religious communities and Catholic dioceses have served in this organization, which has led to the suppression of tribal languages, culture and spirituality, without respecting the rich history, traditions and wisdom of the tribal people.”, they said.
This statement also agrees “Historical and Continuing Trauma, as well as a Legacy of Suffering and Challenges That Continue to Indigenous Peoples to This Day”.
Demonstrations, flag on half pole
In all, more than a thousand anonymous graves were discovered near former Catholic Indian residential schools this summer, shedding light on a darker side of Canadian history and the policy of compulsory integration of first nations.
About 150,000 Native American, Metis and Inuit children were forcibly enrolled in 139 residential schools across the country, where they were cut off from their families, language and culture. Many of them were mistreated or sexually abused, and more than 4,000 died there, the commission said. “Cultural Genocide”.
In recent months, horrific discoveries have sparked fear and anger in the country. Symbolically, the Canadian flag at the Peace Tower in Ottawa has been on the half pole since the end of May to pay tribute to tribal children and the remains of 215 children have been found in the British Columbia (western) Kamloops.
National Holiday, 1There is July was marked by rallies that took thousands of people across the street across Canada. At the same time, many Catholic churches were burned or destroyed.
As a consolation, Ottawa appointed the Inuit female Governor-General of Canada, the first tribal person to serve as Queen Elizabeth II’s representative.
The Pope is waiting for forgiveness
But many aboriginal groups are waiting for the pope to signify another sign from them this time: they have repeatedly called on Lord Pontifical to apologize, and he must come and present them to Canada. A domestic delegation is to be welcomed by Pope Francis in December.
“It would be strong from the head of the Catholic Church, and from our point of view, I think he owes it to the natives.”, David Chartrand, vice president and spokesman for Ralliement National Des Madis, ruled in early July.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said reconciliation with indigenous peoples is one of his priorities, and he himself has condemned the pope and the Catholic Church for refusing to recognize him. “Responsible” And their “Part of the crime” In the administration of residential schools.
The apology comes a week before the first National Truth and Reconciliation Day, scheduled for September 30, in memory of missing children and survivors at a residential school.