Calgary diocese promises compensation to residential school survivors – Catholic World Report

The Calgary diocese announced on Friday it will contribute money to a compensation fund for survivors of local residential schools. “The Diocese of Calgary is committed to providing a monetary contribution to a forthcoming local/regional financial appeal,” said the diocese in a July 16 letter published on its website. The fund will benefit survivors of 25 residential schools in the province of Alberta. The diocese said it will announce the amount of the compensation in September. This gesture “expresses the commitment of the Diocese to the ongoing work of justice and healing in our country with the Indigenous Peoples and their communities,” the diocese explained. “Bishop William McGrattan has been in consultation with other bishops and diocesan collaborators to be in solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples and their leaders on the next steps in supporting survivors and in addressing the intergenerational harm caused by the Residential Schools,” said the statement. The residential school system was established by the federal government beginning in the 1870s, as a means to assimilate Indigenous children. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, established by a settlement between the government and First Nations leaders, investigated the history of the residential schools and released its report in 2015; the commission detailed abuses that occurred at the schools, and called the schools part of a policy of “cultural genocide.”

Calgary diocese promises compensation to residential school survivors – Catholic World Report

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