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Joy Justin Trudeau blasts Catholic Church for ignoring role in indigenous schools online sale

Justin Trudeau blasts Catholic Church for ignoring role in indigenous schools Photo by BLAIR GABLE /REUTERS Article content OTTAWA The Catholic Church must take responsibility for its role in running many of Canada’s residential schools for indigenous children, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday, after the discovery of the remains of 215 children at one former school. “As a Catholic, I am deeply disappointed by the position the Catholic Church has taken now and over the past many years,” Trudeau told reporters. “We expect the Church to step up and take responsibility for its role in this.” Between 1831 and 1996, Canada’s residential school system forcibly separated about 150,000 children from their homes. Many were subjected to abuse, rape and malnutrition in what the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2015 called “cultural genocide.” Run by the government and church groups, most of them Catholic, the schools’ stated aim was to assimilate indigenous children. The discovery replica hermes bracelets mens this week of the remains of the children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, which closed in 1978, has reopened old wounds and is fueling outrage about the lack of information and accountability. Trudeau said many are “wondering why the Catholic Church in Canada is silent, is not stepping up.” He added: “Before we have to start taking the Catholic Church to court, I am very hopeful that religious leaders will understand this is something they need to participate in and not hide from.” (Reporting by Steve Scherer and David Ljunggren; Editing by Angus MacSwan) This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. The Province Headline News Sign up to receive daily headline news from The Province, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. Email Address There was an error, please provide a valid email address. Sign Up By clicking on the sign up button you consent to receive the above newsletter from Postmedia Network Inc. You may unsubscribe any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our emails. Postmedia Network Inc. 365 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4 416 383 2300 Thanks for signing up! A welcome email is on its way. If you don’t see it, please check your junk folder. Comments Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. We have enabled email notifications you will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings.

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