There has been no public accounting for the millions disbursed by the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations to the Kamloops First Nation for “field work, records searches and to secure the Residential School grounds.” A child’s red dress hangs on a stake near the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School June 6, 2021.CNS photo/Jennifer Gauthier, Reuters

No accounting for residential school burial sites’ funding

A planned National Gathering on missing Indigenous children and unmarked graves has been abruptly postponed, days before it was reported that there is no public accounting for the millions of dollars that the federal government has sent to the Kamloops First Nation to investigate residential school burial sites. Meanwhile, the final report from the Office...

Calgary Bishop Emeritus Fred Henry has made a Catholic magazine’s Top 10 people of 2023 for challenging the narrative on graves at former Indian residential schools. (Canadian Catholic News photo)

Calgary’s Bishop Emeritus makes Top 10 list for speaking out on residential school graves story

Calgary Bishop Emeritus Fred Henry has been named one of the world’s “Top 10 people of 2023” by Inside the Vatican magazine for challenging the consensus on graves at former Indian residential schools. Henry was notified out of the blue in late February that he was featured on the cover along with Catholic luminaries such as...

The historic Fort Chipewyan Catholic Church, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was destroyed by fire in 2022. The Catholic Civil Rights League has documented at least 85 Catholic churches set ablaze or vandalized since the unproven discovery in 2021 of 215 suspected unmarked graves near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. (Catholic Civil Rights League)

When church burnings are said to be ‘understandable’

According to the Catholic Civil Rights League’s (CCRL) Church Attacks Database, at least 85 Catholic churches have been set ablaze or vandalized since the unproven discovery on May 27, 2021, of 215 suspected unmarked graves near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. Police are investigating the latest victimized house of worship, St. Gabriel Catholic Mission...

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