Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that Pope Francis should come to Canada. and apologizes on behalf of the Catholic Church for its role in administering residential schools for Indigenous children. After hundreds of bodies were buried in.
Trudeau said on Friday in Ottawa that he spoke to the pope a day after the Cowessess First Nation announced that 751 unmarked graves were held at the site of the former Marieval Residential School in Saskatchewan. Canadian province bordering Montana and North Dakota.
“I spoke personally to Pope Francis to pressure him that an apology was not only important. But also apologize to the native Canadians on Canadian soil,” Trudeau told reporters.
“I know Catholic Church leaders are very much looking and involved in the next steps that can be taken,” he added.
Cowessess First Nation chief Cadmus Delorme said at a news conference Thursday that the Catholic Church ran schools and school cemeteries from 1886 to 1970 and removed the headstones at the graves in the 1960s, he said. The area resulted in 751 “attacks”, but the radar used had an error rate of 10% to 15%.
“We cannot confirm that they are all children,” he said. “This is not a large grave. This is an unmarked grave.”
previous weekIt was found at the site of the Kamloops Indian housing school in British Columbia, which is now closed. Trudeau apologized to the native Canadian after the body was found.
The residential school system, which operated between 1831 and 1996, removed about 150,000 indigenous children from their families. and took them to a Christian residential school. most of whom are Catholics acting on behalf of the federal government Reuters reports
The Vatican has yet to mention the latest discovery. As he stopped to apologize Pope Francis has called for reconciliation after 215 graves were found earlier this month.
“The tragic discovery raises awareness of past pain and suffering,” he said.
“These difficult times show a strong attraction for all of us. Lets move away from the colonization model. And that includes today’s ideological colonization,” he added.