Survivors, Indigenous nation members, and others gathered Tuesday to announce the “first step of bringing our children home.”
Half a dozen demonstrators went to watch the church’s apology, but they were pushed out. Police are investigating.
After VICE World News reported on Rev. Marcin Mironuik’s remarks, Edmonton’s Archdiocese said they were “thoroughly unacceptable and cannot be ignored.”
The Catholic Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface in Manitoba has banned the priest from publicly preaching after he spread falsehoods about the residential school system.
More than 1,000 unmarked graves have been confirmed by Indigenous communities across Canada since May.
The incidents occur amid ongoing reports of more than 1,000 unmarked graves of Indigenous children found at former residential schools, with the latest site announced in B.C. on Wednesday.
And another Catholic church was found ablaze on Wednesday as outrage against Canada and the Church grows.
The incidents occur amid ongoing reports of unmarked graves of Indigenous peoples, mostly children, found at former residential school sites.
Cowessess First Nations’ discovery represents the largest residential school burial site found so far. “We had concentration camps here... They were called Indian residential schools.”
Cowessess First Nation confirmed hundreds of unmarked graves about a month after 215 Indigenous children were found at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in Canada.
There were at least 367 boarding schools in the U.S. that were run similarly and often as brutally as Canada's residential school system.
Too few people in charge of residential schools have faced legal consequences for “crimes against humanity” committed against Indigenous children, experts say.