– Justin Trudeau on the site of a former boarding school
Canada has been rocked for months by revelations about former boarding schools for tribal children.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday met with aborigines in the western part of the country who have identified 93 graves where the former boarding school was located in the wake of the scandal that rocked the country.
The head of state’s visit to the first country of Lake Williams in British Columbia (western) is receiving local delegates from Canada this week Pope Francis presented as “historic” to discuss the drama of residential schools being administered in the Church. In this country.
“I was inspired to be here,” Justin Trudeau said in the presence of the organization’s leaders, adults and alumni who welcomed thousands of children from 1886 until its closure in 1981. , He said, noting the “deep loss that this community has been experiencing for generations due to the scars left by residential schools”.
The Canadian government on Wednesday announced an additional $ 2.9 million (approximately 2 million francs) in funding to “cure” first-time communities in the western Canadian province, according to a statement.
Late in the day, Justin Trudeau stressed that residential schools are “part of our history as a nation, and until we get it right … and promise to do better, we will not live in the country we all want.” I think we are. “
“We have work to do,” he added, adding that “reconciliation requires the response of the Catholic Church and the Pope.
Searching across the country
At the end of January, the tribal community announced the identification of 93 “potential human graves”, the site of this former boarding school being managed by “various religious sects”, mainly on the orders of Catholic missionaries Canadian government.
The initial search was carried out using geo-radar over a 14-hectare radius of 480 locations where the former St. Joseph Mission boarding school was located, about 300 kilometers north of Kamloops. Discovered in late May. In all, about 1,300 unmarked graves have been found on the sites of former boarding schools since May. And there are a lot of studies going on across the country.
Between the end of the 19th century and the 1990s, about 150,000 tribal children were forcibly enrolled in more than 130 boarding schools across the country, where they were cut off from their families, their language and their culture. The National Commission of Inquiry called the organization “cultural genocide.”