Catholic Church Apologizes for Death and Abuse of Tribal Children in Residential Schools
Canada’s Catholic Bishops have formally apologized to the natives From the country after the last months More than 1,000 graves will be discovered Near the old boarding schools run by the church, According to a report released on Friday.
“We, the Catholic Bishops of Canada, express our deepest condolences and openly apologize,” they said.
Too much They recognized the “suffering of the intercessors” and the “serious abuses of certain members” of the Catholic community.
“Many religious communities and Catholic dioceses have served in this organization This has led to the suppression of indigenous languages, culture and spirituality, with no respect for the rich history, traditions and wisdom of indigenous peoples. “they said.
Even the statement “Recognizes the historical and current shock and the tradition of suffering And the challenges that continue to this day for indigenous peoples.
This summer Over 1,000 anonymous graves have been found near former Catholic residential schools for tribal children. Many indigenous groups have repeatedly asked the Pope to apologize.
Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, who has made reconciliation with indigenous peoples one of his priorities, regretted that Francis and the Catholic Church refused to accept their “responsibility” and “part of the crime”.“In the administration of boarding schools.
According to Trudeau, these discoveries “They reaffirm a fact that they have known for a long time.” And “worsening the pain felt by families and indigenous peoples”, a “shock” called “responsibility of Canada”, for which the government will continue to provide the evidence necessary to “expose these horrible evils”.
The apology came after the annual plenary meeting of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. In the text In December, it was announced that Pope Francis would receive representatives of indigenous peoples.
The apology comes a week before the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation for Missing Children and Survivors scheduled for September 30.
Funeral discoveries He rekindled the shock experienced by approximately 150,000 Amerindian, Métis and Inuit children. They were separated from their families, their language and their culture and forcibly employed in 139 residential schools across the country until the 1990s.
Many of them Have been abused or sexually abused and over 4,000 have died, According to the Commission of Inquiry, Canada has “Cultural genocide”.
Some of the victims who spoke to the agency Reuters They are named Persecutes permanent hunger and loneliness. During this time the schools were conducted under Threatens And frequent use Strength.
In 2008, the federal government of Canada apologized for the organization. The Catholic Church, which ran most of the schools, He hasn’t apologized yet.
(With AFP, EP and Reuters information)