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Pope apologizes for 'evil' committed against Canada's Indigenous peoples

MASKWACIS, Alberta (AP) — Pope Francis issued a historic apology Monday for the Catholic Church’s cooperation with Canada’s “catastrophic” policy of Indigenous residential schools, saying the forced assimilation of Native peoples into...

 By Peter Smith    News    May 18, 2022

Report details collaboration in boarding schools between government and churches

A new Interior Department report on the legacy of boarding schools for Native Americans underscores how closely the U.S. government collaborated with churches to Christianize them as part of a project to sever them from their culture, their...

 By Peter Smith    News    April 13, 2022

Interior Department report on Native American boarding schools due this month

As Native Americans cautiously welcome Pope Francis’ historic apology for abuses at Catholic-run boarding schools for Indigenous children in Canada, U.S. churches are bracing for an unprecedented reckoning with their own legacies of operating such...

 By Peter Smith    News    August 26, 2021

Churches start answering for their Indian boarding schools

The discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous children in Canada have prompted renewed calls for a reckoning over the traumatic legacy of similar schools...


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