Indian Residential Schools

May 10, 2017

Suggestions issued by the CCCB in consultation with the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council and Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle for Catholic groups regarding residential school burial sites and inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.

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May 10, 20172018-12-06T13:50:43+00:00

May 1, 2016

Pastoral Letter regarding the Indian Residential Schools agreement with the Government of Canada by the Most Rev. Mark Hagemoen, Bishop of Mackenzie-Fort Smith.

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May 1, 20162018-11-30T19:17:21+00:00

January 16, 2014

Publication of statement by Sister Marie Zarowny, S.S.A., first presented at time of First Nations/Catholic Church Delegation to Rome and the Historic Meeting with Pope Benedict XVI Rome, April 30, 2009.

An adapted version was given on behalf of Congregations of women religious involved in the Indian Residential Schools of Canada, at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission National Event held in Vancouver in September 2013.

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January 16, 20142018-12-09T21:30:23+00:00

June 11, 2009

Participation of the Most Rev. Paul-André Durocher, Bishop of Alexandria-Cornwall, as the CCCB delegate to the first National Day of Reconciliation, commemorating the first anniversary of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s apology to Aboriginal Peoples on behalf of the Government of Canada for Indian Residential Schools. Archbishop Durocher took part in a traditional sunrise ceremony and exchanged gifts with Aboriginal elders and leaders.

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June 11, 20092018-11-30T19:17:21+00:00

May 2, 2009

Apology of the Most Rev. Murray Chatlain, Bishop of Mackenzie-Fort Smith Inuvik, NT regarding former Residential Schools.

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May 2, 20092018-11-30T19:17:21+00:00

April 29, 2009

At the invitation of Pope Benedict XVI, Indigenous and Church representatives from Canada had a private meeting with him at the Vatican to discuss the Indian Residential Schools. The Holy Father expressed his sorrow at the anguish caused by the deplorable conduct of some members of the Church in these institutions.

National Chief Phil Fontaine of the Assembly of First Nations delivered this statement to Pope Benedict XVI
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Later, Chief Fontaine said Canada’s Natives Peoples have moved into a post-apology era
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April 29, 20092018-12-02T22:50:40+00:00

2009

Launch of the “Moving Forward Together” Campaign by the 54 Catholic Entities of CCEPIRSS to support healing and educational programs for Canadian Aboriginal communities, including former residential school students and their families.

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20092018-05-22T23:22:03+00:00

May 8, 2006

The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement was signed by the Government of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations and Inuit Representatives, the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Presbyterian Church of Canada, the United Church of Canada, and eventually 54 Catholic entities representing 17 dioceses and 37 religious institutes that were involved in managing and helping to operate the residential schools which were under the jurisdiction of the Government of Canada.

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May 8, 20062018-11-30T19:17:21+00:00

2006

Creation of the Canadian Catholic Entities Party to the Indian Residential School Settlement (CCEPIRSS), composed of the 54 Catholic dioceses and religious congregations involved in the Indian residential schools. As part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement, CCEPIRSS agreed to raise and provide funds for healing and reconciliation.

20062018-11-30T19:17:21+00:00