“We instill in [the children] a profound distaste for native life that they should feel humiliated when reminded of their origin. When they graduate from our institutions, the children have lost everything Native except their blood.” – Bishop Vital-Justin Grandin
Cultural genocide. This was the stated goal of the Canadian residential school system, largely run by the Roman Catholic Church in Canada.
+At least 150,000 Indigenous children were stolen from their families and communities over a 120 year period.
+Abuse and neglect were rampant at these schools. The goal of this project was the eradication of Indigenous culture and identity in Canada and, very often, led to the eradication of Indigenous lives.
+At least 4100 died, although some estimate the amount as being much higher.
+The last school was closed in 1996.
+The whereabouts of scores of children are still unknown and the Canadian government turned down a request to search for more unmarked graves in 2009 citing its expense as an excuse. It would have only cost approximately 1.5 million dollars.
+Bishop Grandin died in office on 3 June 1902. He was declared venerable by the Roman Catholic Church in 1966.
+The Roman Catholic Church has still refused to issue an official apology for their role in this atrocity.
Kenn Orphan June 2021