Tell the Catholic Church to release residential school records and apologize

Alongside the Government of Canada and the RCMP, the Catholic Church played one of the biggest roles in the residential school system which separated 150,000 Indigenous children from their families and killed at least an estimated 6,000 children

In fact, the Catholic Church ran about 60 percent of residential schools in Canada. And yet, Catholic leadership has resisted accepting their role. The Pope has never formally apologized and Catholic entities have for years refused to share records.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission went to court several times to obtain records from the Catholic Church and still much has not been shared. Records for Kamloops residential school, where the bodies of 215 children were recently found, are still missing. Records for St. Anne’s school, one of the most brutal in Canada, are also still missing.

These records are critical to identify children, get to the truth of what happened in these residential schools, and for many restitution efforts. It’s long past time for the Catholic Church to admit to the role it played in residential schools and release all related records in their possession.

Will you call on the Catholic Church to take responsibility for residential schools, formally apologize, and release all related records?

Sources:

The Globe and Mail, Catholic Church ran most of Canada’s residential schools, yet remains largely silent about their devastating legacy

CBC, Trudeau calls on Catholic Church to publish residential school records, urges Catholics to apply pressure

CTV News, Missing residential school records: Vatican won’t release documents, feds destroyed files

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Sources:

The Globe and Mail, Catholic Church ran most of Canada’s residential schools, yet remains largely silent about their devastating legacy

CBC, Trudeau calls on Catholic Church to publish residential school records, urges Catholics to apply pressure

CTV News, Missing residential school records: Vatican won’t release documents, feds destroyed files