Indigenous leaders want Renate Siekmann, a People’s Party of Canada candidate, to step down after she compared vaccine passports to the genocidal residential school system.
“I do think we should be proud to put our flag back up,” O’Toole told reporters on Thursday, even as thousands more unmarked graves are expected at residential school sites.
The move to remove Egerton Ryerson from the school’s name comes after more than 1,000 unmarked graves were confirmed at residential school sites.
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.”
It's the latest example of a Catholic priest downplaying or denying residential schools. Rev. Marcin Mironiuk apologized after VICE World News reached out for this story.
The funding announcement, which comes amid election rumours, is geared towards supporting Indigenous residential school survivors and their families.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface in Manitoba has banned the priest from publicly preaching after he spread falsehoods about the residential school system.
The impact of Canada’s residential school system, known for rampant abuses, is still being felt generations later by Indigenous people. Here’s what that looks like—and how to heal.
“We have tried to tell them the truth,” said Evelyn Camille, who was forced to attend the former Kamloops Indian Residential School where the probable remains of about 200 children were found.
More than 1,000 unmarked graves have been confirmed by Indigenous communities across Canada since May.