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Canadian Catholic Bishops' apology for Indian Residential Schools "gives permission" for US to follow suit


September 30, 2021

A rock with the message 'Every Child Matters' painted on it sits at a memorial outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, where the remains of 215 Indigenous children were discovered. (Photo/Darryl Dyck, The Canadian Press via AP)

The Catholic Bishops of Canada are owning up to "grave abuses" committed by the church during the Indian Residential School period, a move that sets the stage for the United States to follow suit.

"Many Catholic religious communities and dioceses participated in this system, which led to the suppression of Indigenous languages, culture and spirituality, failing to respect the rich history, traditions and wisdom of Indigenous Peoples," the Catholic Bishops of Canada wrote in a formal letter of apology on Friday.

"We acknowledge the grave abuses that were committed by some members of our Catholic community; physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, cultural, and sexual."


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