Discovery of Children's Remains in Former Kamloops Residential School

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Residential Schools:  Discovery in Kamloops

In recent days, there has been considerable media coverage and discussion following the discovery of children’s remains at the former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. People have, understandably been horrified and angered and saddened by the news.  The school was operated for many years by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The order issued a formal apology in 1991 in addition to paying settlements to residential school survivors.
This week,  statements have been issued by Cardinal Collins (which is printed below in its entirety) and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. As well, the Canadian Jesuit Provincial, Fr. Erik Oland, S.J. issued a statement on behalf of the Jesuit community.  The latter two statements, along with suggested resources and Frequently asked questions have also been attached for those who would like to learn more are listed below.  
Let us pray for the children who died in the former Kamloops Indian Residential School and for all those impacted by this tragedy, that there may be healing founded on truth and that the Spirit will inspire our ongoing commitment to reconciliation. 
St. Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us.

Full  Text of  Cardinal Collins March 5th Email to Parishioners in the Archdiocese of Toronto

Addition Resources and Statements on Residential Schools in Canada:


Residential Schools: Frequently Asked Questions - Archdiocese of Toronto (Link)

Statement from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops - May 31 (Link)

Additional Resources from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (Link)

Statement from the Canadian Jesuit Provincial, Fr. Erik Oland, S.J. (Link)