Canada Victoria's Canada Day event scrapped in wake of residential school discovery
‘Disgrace’: Indigenous leaders blast Catholic Church for silence on residential schools
Indigenous communities are renewing calls for the Roman Catholic Church to apologize for its role in residential schools that forcibly removed children from their homes.Indigenous communities across Canada are renewing calls for the Roman Catholic Church to apologize for its role in residential schools that forcibly removed children from their homes -- stripping them of their culture, language and identity.
VICTORIA — City councillors in Victoria have voted unanimously to cancel a planned Canada Day broadcast in order to permit a "thoughtful reflection" of what it means to be Canadian.
A statement from the City of Victoria says council voted to scrap the virtual celebration following the discovery of what are believed to be the remains of 215 former students buried in unmarked graves on the site of the now-closed Kamloops Indian Residential School.
The city says it will be guided by members of the local First Nation and will replace the broadcast with one that features Indigenous artists.
Canada’s Catholic bishops have responsibility to apologize for residential schools: minister
'I think it is shameful they haven't done it,' Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said when asked whether the Catholic Church should apologize for residential schools.Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says Canadian Catholic bishops bear a responsibility to apologize for the role of their church and their predecessors in the residential school system.
The updated broadcast will air later this summer.
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Mayor Lisa Helps says Canada, as a nation, is in a "challenging moment."
Her statement says the city's broadcast has been cancelled as council takes time to "explore new possibilities."
"While everyone will mark Canada Day in their own way on July 1, now is a time where the City can take leadership and provide an opportunity for thoughtful reflection and examination of what it means to be Canadian in light of recent events and what we already know from our past," the statement says.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 11, 2021.
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