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Amemorial in Ottawa, Canada, in tribute to 215 indigenous children whose remains were found in unmarked graves at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, June 1, 2021.

Canadian Indigenous leaders' trip to Vatican delayed by Omicron variant concerns

Dec 7, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The scheduled meeting between Pope Francis and a delegation from Canada has been delayed to 2022, the Canadian Conference of... Read more

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Indigenous 'expert' who advised book burnings at Catholic schools in Canada draws scrutiny

Oct 6, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

A Catholic school district in Canada that decided to burn 30 library books about indigenous people and remove some 4,700... Read more

The former Kamloops Indian Residential School

Church in Canada pledges funds for healing, reconciliation after residential schools

Sep 27, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The Canadian bishops are aiming to raise $30 million (USD 23.8m) over the next five years to support the Indigenous... Read more

St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kamloops, Canada, in February 2015. Credit: Alan Levine via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

Canada's bishops apologize for abuses at residential schools

Sep 24, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The Catholic bishops of Canada issued a formal apology to the Indigenous population of the country for the abuses of... Read more

A Squamish Nation canoe approaching Bella Bella, Canada, June 27, 1993. Credit: UN Photo/John Isaac.

'Contrite hearts' and concrete action: Catholics react to the legacy of Canada's residential schools

Aug 11, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic leaders, including a First Nations deacon, reflect on the shocking legacy of Canada’s residential schools run by Catholic and... Read more

The former Kamloops Indian Residential School

Despite millions in Catholic residential schools reparations, critics seek to end church tax exemptions

Aug 9, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic entities had committed tens of millions of dollars in legal settlements for their involvement in the Canadian government’s historic... Read more

The former Kamloops Indian Residential School

Oblates of Mary apologize for 'deafness' in response to reports of graves at indigenous schools 

Jul 13, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate had significant responsibility for operating residential schools for Canada’s First Nations and other indigenous... Read more

The former Kuper Island Indian Residential School, 1941

First Nations leaders announce more than 160 unmarked graves found at former Catholic-run residential school

Jul 13, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

A Canadian First Nations tribe last week announced an estimated 160 unmarked graves were found at the site of a... Read more

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Berlin, February 2017.

Petition urges Canadian PM not to slander Catholic Church over residential schools

Jul 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

More than 4,000 people have signed a petition requesting that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cease blaming the Catholic Church... Read more

St. Jean Baptiste Catholic Church in Morinville, Alberta, before it burned down on June 30, 2021.

Canadian Indigenous leaders call for end of targeting of churches

Jul 7, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Canadian Indigenous leaders and residential school survivors have called for suspected arson attacks on churches to stop.  Read more

Holy Rosary Cathedral in Regina, Canada. Credit: Grahampurse via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Bishops in Saskatchewan propose fundraising appeal for residential school survivors

Jul 6, 2021

The bishops in Saskatchewan on Saturday announced plans for a fundraising effort across the province to support survivors of residential... Read more

Fire destroys St. Jean Baptiste parish, Morinville, Alberta

Indigenous leader in Canada cautions against arsons at churches

Jul 1, 2021

By CNA Staff

A First Nations leader in Alberta released a video plea on Wednesday decrying recent “suspicious” fires at Catholic churches throughout... Read more

The flag of Canada. Credit: Jiri Flogel/Shutterstock.

More unmarked graves discovered in Canada as church vandalism continues

Jul 1, 2021

The discovery of 182 additional undocumented graves outside a former residential school in Canada has heightened calls to boycott Canada... Read more

Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

Canadian bishops, Indigenous leaders will meet with pope in December

Jun 29, 2021

Some Canadian bishops, along with Indigenous leaders, will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican in December 2021, according to... Read more

One of the five Canadian Catholic churches that burned in a week: Sacred Heart Mission Church, Pentincton, British Columbia

Indigenous leaders condemn recent vandalism of churches in Canada

Jun 29, 2021

By Christine Rousselle, Joe Bukuras

Indigenous and Catholic leaders have condemned a recent spate of church vandalism in Canada, along with five Catholic churches having... Read more

Memorial in Ottawa, Canada, in tribute to 215 Indigenous children whose remains were found in unmarked graves at the site of a former residential School in Kamloops, June 1, 2021.

Saskatchewan bishops call for justice after new discovery of unmarked graves at former residential school

Jun 25, 2021

By Matt Hadro

Bishops of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan acknowledged the need for “repentance” and justice, after a new discovery of hundreds... Read more

St. Gregory Mission, Osoyoos Indian Reserve, British Columbia, Canada

Police investigate after two Catholic churches burn on British Columbia tribal lands

Jun 24, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Two Catholic churches in the same region of British Columbia burned down in suspicious circumstances early Monday morning.  Read more

Memorial in tribute to 215 Indigenous children at the site of the former Kamloops residential school.

First Nation leaders ask Canadian Catholics to skip Mass to protest abuses of Indigenous

Jun 14, 2021

First Nation leaders are encouraging Canadian Catholics to skip Mass in response to historic abuses at Catholic-run schools for Indigenous... Read more

St. Peter's Square by Dennis Jarvis via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Canadian Indigenous leaders plan trip to Vatican to request papal apology over residential schools

Jun 11, 2021

A group of Canadian Indigenous leaders are planning a trip to the Vatican this fall to request a formal papal... Read more

Kamloops Indian Residential School, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

Retired Calgary bishop: Canadian government must own 'primary' responsibility for abuses of Indigenous

Jun 10, 2021

The retired bishop of Calgary this week said the Canadian government must shoulder its “primary” responsibility for past abuses in... Read more