residential schools

A 1958 photo of Father Falhman’s funeral procession at the Oblates of Mary Immaculate Cemetery at St. Mary’s Residential School. The graves on the hill left-hand side of the photo are now covered by row of blackberry bushes. Mission Community Archives photo.

Stó:lō Nation set out plan for 3-year project to find unmarked graves at Fraser Valley residential schools

$3 million, 200 hours in archives, radar at 9 locations – starting with St. Mary’s

A 1958 photo of Father Falhman’s funeral procession at the Oblates of Mary Immaculate Cemetery at St. Mary’s Residential School. The graves on the hill left-hand side of the photo are now covered by row of blackberry bushes. Mission Community Archives photo.
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde is joined by First Nations leaders as they discuss the current situation and actions relating to the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on February 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

AFN to honour children who perished at residential school ahead of vote for new chief

Outgoing National Chief Perry Bellegarde has signalled his intention not to seek re-election

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde is joined by First Nations leaders as they discuss the current situation and actions relating to the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on February 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A headless statue of Queen Victoria is seen overturned and vandalized at the provincial legislature in Winnipeg, Friday, July 2, 2021. The statue and a statue of Queen Elizabeth were toppled on Canada Day during demonstrations concerning Indigenous children who died at residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Geraldine Malone

Canada Day protest over residential schools sees monarch statues toppled in Winnipeg

The statues of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth were tied with ropes and brought down by a crowd that gathered

A headless statue of Queen Victoria is seen overturned and vandalized at the provincial legislature in Winnipeg, Friday, July 2, 2021. The statue and a statue of Queen Elizabeth were toppled on Canada Day during demonstrations concerning Indigenous children who died at residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Geraldine Malone
Police say ten churches in Calgary were vandalized with red and orange paint — acts investigators believe are a response to the recent discoveries of unmarked graves at the sites of former residential schools. (Twitter/Jason Kenney)

Police say markings suggest vandalism of 10 Calgary churches linked to residential schools

Police say ten churches in Calgary were vandalized with red and orange paint

Police say ten churches in Calgary were vandalized with red and orange paint — acts investigators believe are a response to the recent discoveries of unmarked graves at the sites of former residential schools. (Twitter/Jason Kenney)
More than 100 people lined both sides of the Trans-Canada Highway between Alexander and Ross Street on July 1 to show support for a rolling blockade travelling from the Splatsin Community Centre to the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in support of those who survived the institution. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Caravan bound for former residential school finds show of support in Salmon Arm

Rolling blockade bound for Kamloops to raise awareness, call for justice

More than 100 people lined both sides of the Trans-Canada Highway between Alexander and Ross Street on July 1 to show support for a rolling blockade travelling from the Splatsin Community Centre to the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in support of those who survived the institution. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
An ‘every child matters’ commemorative mural now stretches a block-long in East Vancouver. (Facebook/Tamara Bell)

Block-long ‘every child matters’ mural in Vancouver to stay 2 years past Canada Day

Haida artist Tamara Bell is among dozens deciding to honor the lives of Indigenous children instead this July 1

An ‘every child matters’ commemorative mural now stretches a block-long in East Vancouver. (Facebook/Tamara Bell)
St. John Baptiste Parish Catholic church is shown in Morinville Alta, on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 as firefighters put out hot spots. RCMP are calling the fire suspicious. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Politicians, Indigenous leaders say burning churches not the way to get justice

‘To burn things down is not our way. Our way is to build relationships and come together,’ says national chief Perry Bellegarde

St. John Baptiste Parish Catholic church is shown in Morinville Alta, on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 as firefighters put out hot spots. RCMP are calling the fire suspicious. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
People listen during a ceremony and vigil for the 215 children whose remains were found buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
People listen during a ceremony and vigil for the 215 children whose remains were found buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq rises in the House of Commons, in Ottawa on May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq rises in the House of Commons, in Ottawa on May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to sign a protocol agreement to advance First Nations’ exercise of jurisdiction over child and family services. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

‘No guarantees’ of papal apology for residential schools after Vatican trip: AFN

AFN representatives will join Métis and Inuit leaders making the trip in late December

Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to sign a protocol agreement to advance First Nations’ exercise of jurisdiction over child and family services. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Many factors make it difficult to establish whether or not these unmarked graves contain the remains of children who attended the St. Eugene Residential School, according to the ʔaq̓am statement.

ʔaq̓am confirm 182 unmarked burials near Cranbrook

Many factors make it difficult to establish if graves contain the remains of children who attended the St. Eugene Residential School, says ʔaq̓am

Many factors make it difficult to establish whether or not these unmarked graves contain the remains of children who attended the St. Eugene Residential School, according to the ʔaq̓am statement.
(Canadian Press)

Fire destroys Catholic Church north of Edmonton, RCMP say blaze suspicious

Fire was so fierce that firefighters could not enter the 114-year-old Morinville building

(Canadian Press)
O’Keefe Ranch manager Sherrilee Franks said when news broke of the grisly discovery of the 215-plus Indigenous children buried at the site of a former Kamloops residential school and after Victoria announced it was cancelling its Canada Day celebrations, staff had to pause. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Residential school exhibit expedited for Vernon’s Canada Day at ranch

O’Keefe Ranch reaches out to Okanagan Indian Band after news of Kamloops 215

O’Keefe Ranch manager Sherrilee Franks said when news broke of the grisly discovery of the 215-plus Indigenous children buried at the site of a former Kamloops residential school and after Victoria announced it was cancelling its Canada Day celebrations, staff had to pause. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
A memorial is seen outside the Residential School in Kamloops, B.C., Sunday, June, 13, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. commits $12M to aid First Nations in residential school site searches

Funds come one month after the unmarked graves of 215 children were found in Kamloops

A memorial is seen outside the Residential School in Kamloops, B.C., Sunday, June, 13, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
(Black Press Media file photo)

Canada Day celebrations a go on the Westside

Westside Celebration Committee encourages residents to wear orange in support of Indigenous communities

(Black Press Media file photo)
Flags and lights are seen as a vigil takes place where ground-penetrating radar recorded hits of what are believed to be 751 unmarked graves near the grounds of the former Marieval Indian Residential School on the Cowessess First Nation, Sask. on Saturday, June 26, 2021. The board of trustees of Edmonton Catholic Schools has voted unanimously to rename an elementary school bearing the name of a bishop who helped set up residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

Trustees vote to remove Catholic bishop’s name from Edmonton elementary school

Officials decide to remove part of a mural depicting Vital-Justin Grandin from the school’s exterior

Flags and lights are seen as a vigil takes place where ground-penetrating radar recorded hits of what are believed to be 751 unmarked graves near the grounds of the former Marieval Indian Residential School on the Cowessess First Nation, Sask. on Saturday, June 26, 2021. The board of trustees of Edmonton Catholic Schools has voted unanimously to rename an elementary school bearing the name of a bishop who helped set up residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland appears before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Haaland, the first Indigenous cabinet member in U.S. history, launched an investigation last week into the history of Indigenous residential schools in the United States — a move prompted by the tragic discovery of unmarked graves at former school sites in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Canada’s tragic residential-school reckoning could be grim harbinger for U.S.

By the turn of the century, the U.S. had 147 day schools and 81 boarding schools on reservations

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland appears before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Haaland, the first Indigenous cabinet member in U.S. history, launched an investigation last week into the history of Indigenous residential schools in the United States — a move prompted by the tragic discovery of unmarked graves at former school sites in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/J. Scott Applewhite
Children’s shoes are seen on the steps of the Holy Rosary Catholic Cathedral in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The shoes represent missing indigenous children after the remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Catholics question relationship with church after residential school grave discovery

Vatican has never taken accountability for its role in residential schools

Children’s shoes are seen on the steps of the Holy Rosary Catholic Cathedral in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The shoes represent missing indigenous children after the remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Nothing remains after a fire consumed the Chopaka Church in the early hours of June 26. (Jen Louie - Facebook)
Nothing remains after a fire consumed the Chopaka Church in the early hours of June 26. (Jen Louie - Facebook)
Nothing remains after a fire consumed the Chopaka Church in the early hours of June 26. (Jen Louie/Facebook)

UPDATE: RCMP investigating suspicious fires that burned 2 South Okanagan churches

Chief Keith Crow said the acts only brought more pain to residential school survivors

Nothing remains after a fire consumed the Chopaka Church in the early hours of June 26. (Jen Louie/Facebook)