Last weekend they apologized for abuses at school facilities that surfaced earlier this year. Since May, more than a thousand unidentified graves have been found in former boarding schools in British Columbia and Saskatchewan, which were primarily run by the Catholic Church and funded by the government.
The bishops said in a statement that the pledged funds would be released over five years. Bishop Raymond Poisson said the initiative “will support meaningful projects across Canada and will make a huge difference in addressing the historical and ongoing trauma caused by the residential school system.”
For more than 100 years, until 1996, schools forcibly separated some 150,000 Indigenous children from their families. There they had to adapt to the culture of the white population of Canada, while being cut off from their families, language and culture. They were victims of malnutrition, physical and sexual abuse. A national commission of inquiry, speaking of a “cultural genocide”, previously reported that more than 4,000 people were killed in schools.
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