Fri. Mar 24th, 2023
Indigenous Children

Catholic Church and Indigenous Children

Although the Catholic Church had nothing to do with the abuse of Indigenous children, just school students, it did cooperate with the government in their mistreatment.

The church turned a blind eye to the physical and sexual abuse that took place in these schools and failed to protect the students from harm.

This cooperation is inexcusable and shows anti-indigenous where the church is not interested in helping vulnerable people. Instead, it prioritized its own interests over those of innocent children. This is a shameful chapter in Catholic history and one that should never be forgotten.

Indigenous Children

Graves of Indigenous Children

The graves of innocent children who were victims at residential schools are still being found, even after 160 have already been discovered. This is an absolute travesty that must end now!

The Catholic Church maintained upkeep on Canada’s indigenous people that was akin to a colonial master, running Residential Schools which oversaw the education and conversion of thousands.

The discoveries have rocked the Canadian public, but many questions concerning these gravesites—like confirmed causes of death and exactly who is buried there—are still being resolved. There’s no shortage of reliable clues though; uncovered especially by work done for Canada’s Truth And Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

Between 2008-2015 they investigated residential schools’ history with archival data as well historical research to compile an often distressing yet informative narrative about what happened in our country during such a dark time period

The mystery of the gravesites is only deepened by questions that have yet to be answered.

The T.R.C has revealed that in several reports released last year, they discussed the origins of residential schools and their lasting effects on these students who died while attending them or after reading the documentation it was clear that their names were not recorded due to government officials forgetting about most deaths. There was just no information, therefore, parents could not be informed.

Indigenous children in residential schools had a mortality rate five times higher than non-Indigenous peers before the mid-1930s, and it only narrowed to a twofold difference by 1960.

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) has continued to add more names of students who died while studying at Canadian universities.

There are now 4,118 confirmed student deaths through records previously researched by TRC and validated with NCFT work, an NCTR representative told America in an email.

The residential school system was textbooks-notable for its racism, bad staff training and physically unhealthy environment.

“The lack of supervision created situations where students were prey to sexual abuse as well as physical harm,” according to reports by TRC on the history of the schools

What’s worse than being eaten by cannibals?

The stories of sexual abuse and physical punishment at residential schools are enough to make your blood boil. Children have hawked around like cattle, often beaten for even minor infractions or punished with an electric chair made by hand that was fashioned out of kitchen appliances! The shame they felt from being victims only served as fuel on top of this already burning fire; many continue suffering today because these institutions refuse responsibility while hiding behind a wall full anonymity – who could know better how it feels?

With recent discoveries of unmarked burials, many have wondered what motivated 19th- and 20th century Catholics to participate in a system that would be ultimately responsible for the loss or violation of thousands upon generations.

Justin Grandin, a major architect of the residential school system was convinced that by eliminating Indigenous cultural practices he could convince their children to extinct themselves. His beliefs were modelled on French reformatories which featured prisonlike environments with an emphasis on alienating prisoners from society and making them ashamed of who they are or where born – just as schools did when built in Canada for Indigenous peoples under Bishop’s tenure as Prime Minister around this time period (the 1880s).

Bishop Grandin

“Bishop Grandin boastingly said that the orphans educated at mission schools hated to be reminded of their Aboriginal ancestry,” according to T.R C’s report.

Ken Thorson, O.M., the provincial superior of Oblates in Lacombe Canada said that while they were not founded as educators their charism called them to respond with education just like it had been established throughout history when needed most- this includes schools and colleges run by members during colonial times before Canadian Confederation (1867).

“It’s no surprise that when the Canadian government began to establish Residential Schools, they enlisted churches’ assistance. The Oblates of St Thaddeus were among those who responded and saw an opportunity for evangelization in this new venture.”

The Oblates of today are ashamed to have been involved in colonial practices such as the implementation and enforcement of laws against Indigenous people. “We experience deep regret about our involvement with residential schools, passing legislation that restricts their language and culture,” said Father Thorson.”

Alienate Indigenous Children

The Residential Schools were a system of oppression that intended to Alienate Indigenous Children from their language, traditions and families.

They did this by making them ashamed. Change the kids for them not to have any pride or love towards where they came from.

This would eventually lead up to shame about who you are as an Indian person today because if your parents weren’t guardians then most likely nobody knows anything about our culture.

The Oblates

The Oblates offered an apology for their role in residential schooling and “for the part, we played” as leaders who separated children from parents. As time goes on, it becomes more difficult to understand how any human could be so cruel towards another person – even when they’re not fully aware of what’s happening at times!


The T.R C’s historical narrative found that dangerous conditions at schools were exacerbated by chronic underfunding and a refusal on the part of the Canadian government to provide resources, leading to not only death but also life-long disabilities for those who survived these ailments including illness, malnutrition and poor living quarters which led them into early graves or institutions where they would spend their last years unable even walk without help .

The Missionary Oblates offered an apology “for the part we played in cultural, ethnic and religious imperialism that characterizes how governments treat Indigenous people.”


Indigenous people who attended residential schools were often buried in accordance with Christian burial practices.

However, these same institutions also attempted to change the way that Indigenous citizens conducted funeral rituals and ceremonies for their own culture by offering alternative services like cremation or entombment within crosses on top of churches’ towers as well as having portraits painted among other things which were seen either publicly at town fairs where they could be admired from afar but never touched due to church rules until decades later when permission became available once again thanks largely because those involved had grown up integration into Canadian society after years spent educating ourselves about what really mattered.

The testimony of the N.C.T.R’s survivor accounts are macabre in detail and reveal a culture that was not only starving but also willing to engage children as partakers during funeral processes, all for some distant hope or another means by which they could survive longer than what nature had already given them—a life sentences at best without any chance at rehabilitation because there wasn’t even formalized law until after contact made its way onto these shores (with diseases).

Canadian Government

The Canadian government’s solution to the schooling crisis was a district-wide policy of forced attendance. They withheld food assistance from communities and individuals that refused to send their child back, using police force if necessary; but all this did is make more people rebel against them in other ways – by fleeing or dying instead!

Imagine a world without children. A peninsula with only adults, where no one saves you from your mistakes and failures- it’s too sad to think about!

But in Canada schools are called “residential” because they take students away from their home communities for an entire year so that educators can teach them about Canadian culture while also preparing these future citizens how to live life as well rounded individuals who will contribute greatly towards society once educated here; however, there has been some controversy over this practice due mainly out its expense.

Unmarked Graves

The problem of unmarked graves is a huge issue in Canada. Indigenous children who have died often go unburied and unknown, which has led to many theories on why this happened such as high death rates due to an epidemic or funeral practices where more than one person would be buried at once because they were flush with dead bodies from battlefields etcetera.

The first cause was that not all markers were present when researchers came across them; some had been destroyed by neglect over time like during fires (which also cremated remains) while others might’ve simply disappeared without a trace – either being removed outright by someone else.

Catholics in Canada

Catholics in Canada have had a difficult time coming to terms with the church’s involvement within residential schools, and many are now publicly leaving because they feel like it is not enough. Bishops apologize on behalf of their religion by saying “unequivocally” that Catholics should be sorry for what happened during these periods while providing documents which may help remember students buried without markers or other means whatsoever as well offering up money if needed towards funding initiatives recommended local Indigenous people.

-The input was about how there has been tension between different groups due primarily

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a statement regarding the Residential School system. In it, they deny any association with these schools and say that each diocese or religious community is legally responsible for their actions on its own individual level as well as being collectively liable towards those who were victims of this tragedy.

The neglect and underfunding of schools have led to preventable death every day.

Marae Smith was one such student who lost his life due in part because our education system cannot properly provide for its students’ needs, leaving them vulnerable even before they enter the building.

The children of the poor were forced to live in dangerous, unwholesome conditions because their schooling was neglected. They developed diseases and suffered from malnutrition as a result.

Mexico City

The Oblates have been working with the N.C.T., and together they are restoring 40K of records that were previously hidden from public view by Order administrators in Mexico City – some had not yet made it onto paper before intimidations began during revolutionary times! The Codex Historicus document contains information on everyday life within an ordered community while also preserving memories through artwork; Father Thorson says these reports will be gathered into one digital file soon enough so everyone can enjoy them at their leisure

Catholics in Canada have been struggling to come to terms with a violent history, and many are publicly quitting the church because it participated so heavily in residential schools.

“There may be information that’s really pertinent,” he said about his studies on this topic – but when asked for details about deaths or anything else related specifically towards children under Catholic care during those times period (over 100 years), all researchers could say was “I don’t know.”

He held up the transfer process as a model for others to follow, noting that it took years of planning and hard work just to get here. “We should have done this decades ago,” he said with frustration in his voice.

“This isn’t something you can rush.”


The memories of residential schools are still fresh in many people’s minds. So too, the Oblates who worked at these institutions have not been able to find closure for their work on behalf of Canada’s Native People without being able to transparently document what went down during that time period – until now! With our recent partnership with NNTTRIA (the North Carolina Turpentine Orchestra), they will finally get access through appropriate processes which ensure historical information found within these files can be made available to both survivors themselves or families looking back on how much was left behind when your loved one disappeared

Indigenous people are still finding graves from their ancestors in residential schools.

The Pope will receive a delegation of First Nations leaders this December, who plan on presenting him with more evidence against those institutions that lasted until today and affected many lives negatively because they were set up without permission or consultation from any indigenous communities involved.

The register where all confirmed student deaths come together may grow as new documents reveal even darker secrets about how these educational facilities operated during colonial times- but there’s bright news! It’ll be interesting what kind of words can flow between representatives meeting face-to-face after so long apart…

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