Catholic group to release all records from Marieval, Kamloops residential schools

The Catholic spiritual order that operated residential faculties in Saskatchewan and British Columbia the place lots of of unmarked graves have been discovered says it’ll disclose all historic paperwork in its possession.

The Missionary of Oblates of Mary Immaculate operated 48 faculties, together with the Marieval Indian Residential College at Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan and the Kamloops Indian Residential College in B.C.

“We stay deeply sorry for our involvement in residential faculties and the harms they dropped at Indigenous peoples and communities,” stated an announcement.

Indigenous leaders and others have been calling for the discharge of all paperwork associated to residential faculties.

Cowessess First Nation introduced Thursday that ground-penetrating radar indicated 751 unmarked graves at its faculty web site. Final month, the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation stated the identical know-how had detected what are believed to be the stays of 215 youngsters on the Kamloops faculty.

Within the assertion, the Oblates stated they’ve labored to make historic paperwork accessible by way of universities, archives and the Reality and Reconciliation Fee.

They stated the work shouldn’t be full due to problems with provincial and nationwide privateness legal guidelines. They requested for steerage from organizations conversant in these legal guidelines.

“We additional acknowledge that delays may cause ongoing mistrust, misery, and trauma to Indigenous peoples throughout British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and the remainder of the nation,” the assertion stated.

The Oblates stated they will not block entry to historic paperwork they’ve. In addition they dedicated to searching for steerage from First Nations and governments.

“We are going to work with bishops and different leaders within the Catholic Church to assist full fact in these issues.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed June 25, 2021.


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